What's in the soup? I look into fusion within difference STEM programs

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Conference publication

Publication details

Ellis, D 2017, 'What's in the soup? I look into fusion within difference STEM programs', Proceedings of Technology: an Holistic Approach to Education, TENZ/ICTE 2017 Conference, Christchurch, New Zealand, 8-11 October, ISBN 9780995103900

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STEM education is a pedagogical approach that regularly incorporates technology education as well as the other disciplines to contextualise content. However, what constitutes a STEM program can be confusing as it can differ greatly from program to program. Some examples of this difference can adopt multidisciplinary versions of STEM, whereas other programs may be more collaborative such as interdisciplinary, or even holistic and offer a transdisciplinary STEM approach. This paper presents an analysis using a mixed method research approach that reports on the level of fusion experienced by technology teachers involved in STEM programs. The approach to the research asked teachers to categorise their STEM program experience as a multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary or transdisciplinary approach in its implementation. The intention of this paper is to provide an insight into the types of disciplinary approaches that have been occurring in schools labelled as STEM education. The key findings of the research indicate that the majority of integration of fusion between the individual STEM disciplines in STEM education programs are either multidisciplinary or interdisciplinary, with the individual STEM discipline still visible within the programs.