Abridged International Perspectives of Technology Education and Its Connection to STEM Education

Geoff Wright, Edward Reeves, John Williams, David Morrison-Love, Fiona Patrick, Jacques Gineste, Ingelore Mammes, Grabriele Graube

Abstract


STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) areas are integral content disciplines in all economies. Although most countries have and continue to ensure quality science (S) and Mathematics (M) education for primary (elementary) and secondary school students, the technology (T) and engineering (E) content areas tend not to be regarded as core to national curricula in the same way that science and mathematics are regarded as essential. This article discusses efforts in various countries to better promote and integrate Technology and Engineering Education (TEE) in schools. This paper highlights common themes and argues that we can learn from each other’s efforts in TEE. We argue that dialogue across nations can help us to build international STEM education collaboration networks, better understand the nature of STEM and how to better engage pupils and students in STEM subjects, and work towards gaining inputs to national TEE policy that can leverage positive change.


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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5296/ije.v10i4.13704

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