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Theories and Practices of STEM education


EdUHK

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About This Course

This course aims to provide educational professionals, including pre-service and serving teachers, with the basic knowledge necessary for promoting STEM education in school or related settings. Such knowledge comprises the nature of STEM and the interrelationships among the four disciplines embedded in it, the goals of STEM education, and how these goals could be realized through the development of an integrated curriculum and relevant pedagogy. All learning materials contained in this course are delivered through the online mode. This course is so designed as to allow participants with different backgrounds in STEM education to interact with the learning materials as flexibly as possible to cater to their specific needs. Nevertheless, the lessons are organized in a systematic way to facilitate easy understanding by pre-service or novice teachers. In addition to the basic learning materials that are presented in the form of video recorded lectures, other materials such as interviews with STEM professionals and practitioners, virtual field or school visits, readings with hyperlinks, sample activities and projects, further questions and ideas are also presented throughout each lesson to guide participants to explore broader and deeper issues about STEM education.

Objectives of the course

At the end of this course, participants will be able to:
1. describe the nature of STEM and the inter-relationship of its various discipline domains;
2. explain the principles of STEM education and how it differs from the conventional disciplinary approach to teaching STEM subjects;
3. apply their understanding of integrated STEM curriculum design to develop school-based STEM curriculum and activities; and
4. develop classroom pedagogical practices to realize the goals of STEM education for developing STEM literacy among school students.

Catering to the diverse needs of participants

This course, with its wide-ranging contents, could cater to the diverse needs of participants with different backgrounds and expertise in STEM. It is suitable for both primary and secondary school teachers, or pre-service teachers who have yet to choose the sector in which they would like to teach. However, some exemplary activities or case studies are pitched at either the primary or secondary level as they are drawn from previous STEM projects undertaken in either primary or secondary schools. In such cases, a note is added - “with a focus on primary/secondary level” (whichever is appropriate) - for participants’ easy reference. Despite this, all participants, regardless of their existing status, are encouraged to study materials for both levels to broaden their understanding of how STEM education could progress across different levels of schooling.

Sources of information

Unless otherwise stated, the information contained in this course is the work of the course writing team. For information cited from other published sources, they are duly acknowledged as far as possible. Most of the STEM activities or projects cited in this course to illustrate the nature of STEM and the various approaches to STEM education are extracted from the work of the undergraduates of four local universities who participated in the U-STEMist Scheme from 2017-2019, a teaching and learning project funded by the University Grants Committee to connect STEM learning with community service. The four universities are The Education University of Hong Kong, The University of Hong Kong, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, and The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

Requirements

This course aims to provide educational professionals, including pre-service and serving teachers, with the basic knowledge necessary for promoting STEM education in school or related settings.

Acknowledgement

This course was supported by the Funding Scheme for Teaching and Learning Related Proposals sponsored by the University Grants Committee (Reference No. EdUHK5/T&L/16-19)

Course Designers

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Dr. LEE Yeung Chung

Overall Course Designer, Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Science and Environmental Studies, The Education University of Hong Kong

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Dr. YEUNG Chi Ho Bill

Course Designer, Associate Professor, Department of Science and Environmental Studies, The Education University of Hong Kong

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Dr. YIP Wing Yan Valerie

Course Designer, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Education, The University of Hong Kong

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Dr. LAU Kwok Chi Victor

Course Designer, Professional Consultant, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

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Dr. LAM Siu Shu Eddie

Course Designer, Associate Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

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  1. Course Number

    STEM001
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  4. Estimated Effort

    3 hours per Week
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