The Science, Technology, Engineering , Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) Agenda: Using the Arts to Create Opportunities for Learning

Arts Ed Colloquium Series 2017

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education has been a highly politicised agenda over the past decade. During this time STEM has been promoted as an authentic and engaging approach to education, particularly as Australia tries to boost its performance in international testing. However, STEM has recently been challenged by STEAM, where ‘art and design’ represent the ‘A’. STEAM advocates for creativity and expression to be included in STEM education so that students can develop critical and creative thinking, skills to prepare them for the global economy.

In this presentation, Julia Morris will identify opportunities and challenges for STEAM education drawing on a case study where the Edith Cowan Institute for Education Research (ECIER) applied STEAM education to a regional Western Australian school.