Theme: With-In and In-With STEM Education Research

In the last decade, integrated STEM education research has emerged as a relatively new field in education studies. While most academic scholars are not trained in integrated STEM education, many of them have straddled between disciplinary-based education research and STEM education research. The latter presents many exciting new inspirations and opportunities for the individual disciplines to be designed, enacted, assessed, evaluated, theorised, and researched. "With-in" refers to the emergence of integrated STEM education research from within the monodisciplinary education research as academic scholars bring their knowledge from science education, engineering education, mathematics education, and technology education to construct new understandings in this emerging field. "In-with" suggests the collective efforts of the academic scholars working together to legitimise integrated STEM education as an independent field of study informed by robust research and undergirded by theories. This conference is a platform for researchers to be part of the exciting journey in co-constructing their identity as integrated STEM education researchers.

Conference Strands

We invite presentations on the above theme in the form of an individual paper, a symposium, or a poster. Please submit your presentation to any of the following strands/topics in STEM education.

STEM curriculum and teaching

This strand presents studies/reviews related to STEM curriculum design and enactment. The studies may discuss pedagogies, strategies, and tools that are used in conducting STEM lessons.

STEM teacher and teacher education

This stand presents studies/reviews about STEM teachers such as their learning experiences in enacting STEM lessons in action research. It also includes presentations related to teacher preparation such as professional development workshops for teachers to learn about STEM education.

STEM learners and learning

This stand presents studies/reviews about students learning STEM. It also includes presentations about the dispositions and aptitudes of students when participating in STEM lessons.

STEM learning environment

This strand presents studies/reviews about STEM learning environments including ecosystems that support integrated STEM learning. The studies will discuss broader issues and topics related to environments that are supportive of STEM learning such as in makerspaces and outdoors.

STEM education goals and policy

This strand presents studies/reviews about STEM education goals and policies of countries worldwide. It includes studies that discuss changes in education focus and the impact of such policies on STEM education and how the promotion of STEM education has impacted teaching and learning.

STEM curriculum evaluation, and assessment

This strand presents studies/reviews about STEM curriculum, including programme evaluation. It includes studies that discuss the development of research instruments such as observation protocols and surveys for evaluative purposes. It also includes studies about assessment of students' learning in STEM lessons.

Sociocultural issues in STEM Education

This strand presents studies/reviews about STEM education from a social and/or cultural perspective. This includes equity and gender issues related to STEM education.

History, philosophy, epistemology, and nature of STEM and STEM education

This strand presents studies/reviews about STEM educations from a theoretical perspective invoking history, philosophy and the nature of STEM.