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Principles and Policy of STEM Education (Module)

Module description

Interest in encouraging science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subject uptake and career pathways has increased over the last decade, driven by concerns about the shortfalls in filling technical and professional roles across a range of STEM related sectors.

This module supports you to understand the key political and ideological drivers and explore the historical and societal perspectives of the emergent field of STEM education. You will have the opportunity to analyse the process of policy formation from a national and international perspective and compare the operationalisation of STEM education policy agendas through a range of case studies.

The module will be informed by a social justice agenda and will foreground the opportunities, barriers and enablers for traditionally marginalised groups.  In doing so, you will be encouraged to critique and, where appropriate, challenge current policy discourse through the consideration of alternative approaches and reflection on their own educational settings.

You will also engage in relevant and meaningful conversations about contemporary STEM education in formal and out-of-school settings providing the theoretical tools to reflect on your own experience of practice and consider future responses.

*Please note that module information is indicative and may change from year to year.

Staff information

Dr Melissa Glackin 

Teaching pattern

The module combines preparatory online resources and group discussions with face-to-face sessions and tutorial group work so that you are able to learn alongside subject specialist academic experts and colleagues.

The majority of on-campus sessions will be taught on Saturdays offering students from outside London and those with weekday commitments the opportunity to study this module.

Module assessment - more information

  • Coursework: present the STEM challenges for an educational setting (worth 10% of the mark)
  • 1,500 words critiquing two papers, for example, concerning STEM education policy (20%)
  • 4,000 word essay e.g. why is a STEM education better than the sum of its parts? (70%)

Key information

Module code 7SSES004

Credit level 7

Assessment coursework

Credit value 30

Semester Semester 1 (autumn)

Study abroad module No