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Research on STEM practices in education: International perspectives

Edited by Prof Sibel Erduran

Recent curriculum policies from around the world have called for the teaching and learning of STEM practices in educational settings. For example, the Next Generation Science Standards in the USA advocate the inclusion of science and engineering practices in STEM education. This thematic series brings together the work of scholars from around the world to investigate the trends in STEM education research in terms of coverage of STEM practices and to illustrate how STEM practices can be incorporated in educational settings. The collection includes a set of articles illustrating various research and development efforts from different parts of the world in order to make STEM practices a component of STEM instruction. The articles focus on science, mathematics, engineering and technology domains, and include focus on a range of topics such as argumentation, digital games, curriculum policy and reflective practice of teacher educators.

  1. Research

    The role of visual representations in scientific practices: from conceptual understanding and knowledge generation to ‘seeing’ how science works

    The use of visual representations (i.e., photographs, diagrams, models) has been part of science, and their use makes it possible for scientists to interact with and represent complex phenomena, not observable...

    Maria Evagorou, Sibel Erduran and Terhi Mäntylä

    International Journal of STEM Education 2015 2:11

    Published on: 19 July 2015

  2. Research

    Disciplinary integration of digital games for science learning

    In this paper, we investigate the relationship between theory and design in the context of creating digital games to support children's development of scientific expertise.

    Douglas B Clark, Pratim Sengupta, Corey E Brady, Mario M Martinez-Garza and Stephen S Killingsworth

    International Journal of STEM Education 2015 2:2

    Published on: 11 February 2015

  3. Commentary

    Planning and carrying out investigations: an entry to learning and to teacher professional development around NGSS science and engineering practices

    The shift from science inquiry to science practices as recommended in the US reports A Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas and the Next Generation Science Standa...

    Richard A Duschl and Rodger W Bybee

    International Journal of STEM Education 2014 1:12

    Published on: 24 December 2014