Scientix has identified a number of challenges in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics STEM education and possible ways forward, published in a new Scientix Observatory report. Carried out with the support of Texas Instruments, this analysis is based on a consultation with Ministries of Education and industry and university representatives in fourteen European countries.
Ministries of Education contributed to a survey, in which they were asked about the role of STEM in national education systems, reform projects linked to STEM education, professional capacity-building of STEM teachers and the development of specific pedagogical and learning resources. Interviews with industry and university representatives rounded off the findings.
According to the report’s findings, one of the main motivations for improving STEM education is the need to attract more students into STEM studies to provide the job market with adequate resources, in terms of quality and quantity. Attracting more students and teachers to STEM education, through a global approach from primary education to continuing professional development, will better anticipate the skills needed for the society of the future.
Each country can build on its strengths to improve the quality of STEM education and break the barriers between subjects and pragmatic initiatives such as teachers’ training. Curriculum and pedagogical innovations must be evaluated and integrated, and positive experimentations rolled out across education systems.
A common European framework of reference for STEM education and coordinating national STEM initiatives where pedagogical content is shared can ensure teachers’ needs are met. Deeper collaboration with universities and industry can help develop STEM teachers’ skills.
You can download the full report and relevant promotional materials here: http://www.scientix.eu/observatory/stem-education-practices-europe