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What's in the Soup? I look into fusion within different STEM programs
TENZ-ICTE Conference (2017)
  • David Ellis
Abstract
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.
Keywords
  • holistic,
  • multidisciplinary,
  • interdisciplinary,
  • transdisciplinary,
  • fusion,
  • STEM
Publication Date
October 8, 2017
Location
Christchurch, New Zealand
Citation Information
David Ellis. "What's in the Soup? I look into fusion within different STEM programs" TENZ-ICTE Conference (2017)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/david_ellis/28/