To participate in our technology-rich, global society, education professionals need the capabilities to develop and lead innovative science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM)-orientated practices. This module explores the ways in which people lead and make decisions in STEM education, and examines cutting-edge research and scholarship shaping its contemporary practice.
In synthesising empirical findings from across the disciplines of science education, maths education and computer science education and examining the ways in which common issues of equitable engagement, appropriate assessment, and effective pedagogy are addressed, this module will support educators to gain the knowledge and skills to build STEM programmes that are more than the sum of their constituent parts.
A particular focus of the module will be on the ways in which STEM education may be designed to address pressing societal concerns including, for example, environmental degradation, the spread of extremist ideologies and global inequalities.
The module will equip you with a rich understanding of key theories and principles underpinning STEM educational practice and leadership. You will also engage with critical perspectives on the nature of STEM education and reflect on the potential of pedagogical practices for enhancing learner engagement and/or addressing social issues. In addition to lectures and seminars, you will regularly work in small groups to engage in debates and practical workshops.
*Please note that module information is indicative and may change from year to year.
Dr Heather King
The module combines preparatory online resources and group discussions with face-to-face seminars and tutorial group work so that you are able to learn alongside subject specialist academic experts, peers 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
- Short presentation and 1,000 word report which critiques an innovation in STEM education (25% of the mark)
- 4,500 word essay: for example, how does contemporary research support innovative practice in STEM education? You may choose to focus on particular aspect of the research literature (eg around leadership, pedagogy, assessment, equity, social justice etc), and should situate your argument within the context of a particular educational setting (eg a school, a museum, higher education, outdoor learning setting, etc) (75% of the mark).