In its fourth issue of the “ICT in STEM Education – Impact and Challenges” series, the STEM Alliance highlights the importance of partnerships. Public and private schools are encouraged to work together with publishers and ICT companies as these partnerships represent the key to successfully boosting the use of ICT at school.
The multi-stakeholder approach is identified as the most effective in bringing fruitful outcomes for both the education system and the job market.
SCHOOLS TO ACT AS A WHOLE
The publication focuses on the importance for schools to act as a whole rather than having a single class approach when it comes to promoting ICT in STEM education. School-wide initiatives are more successful. Additionally, the development of STEM curricula at school level can better integrate technology in class, along with continuous and compulsory training for teachers.
A large number of technical and administrative barriers to ICT deployment are identified in the publication. Among others, these include the lack of systemic and targeted spending on technology, and teachers’ poor preparation concerning how to concretely integrate ICT in lessons.
‘It is essential for schools to be able to develop an integrated STEM education strategy enabling them to effectively leverage any isolated initiative lead by individual teachers. It is also important that the school’s overall STEM education strategy fosters an open approach, particularly in engaging with industry on joint cooperation activities’, says Marc Durando, Executive Director of European Schoolnet.
“This new publication provides key insights on how businesses can better contribute to the teaching of STEM education through ICT” says Stefan Crets, Executive Director of CSR Europe. There is a need to include companies in public actions at institutional, local, regional, national and European level, as companies have a pivotal role in effectively addressing the lack of resources in the education sector, for example by providing innovative and up-to-date teacher training.’
The “ICT in STEM Education – Impact and Challenges” series represents the STEM Alliance’s continuous effort to provide suggestions and guidelines for all stakeholders interested in promoting ICT in STEM education at school level. These reports are published by the STEM Alliance, a joint initiative of 15 major companies, coordinated by European Schoolnet and CSR Europe.
Improving Mathematics and Science education and inspiring young people to study and pursue careers in STEM fields will require vision and commitment by government and education leaders as well as support from industry.
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About the “ICT in STEM Education – Impact and Challenges” series
The main aim of these publications is to further a debate on key issues in STEM education and to support calls for action at both national and European levels. This series of literature reviews reports has been written by European Schoolnet, with the support of the STEM Alliance project and address the question of what are the impacts and challenges of ICT in STEM teaching and learning, from the viewpoint of the stakeholders involved. The aim of the series is to provide suggestions and guidelines for all stakeholders interested in promoting ICT in STEM education at both primary and secondary school level as well as to contribute to the challenge of integrating ICT tools in STEM education and improving students' learning and attitudes towards STEM subjects and careers.
About the STEM Alliance
The STEM Alliance (http://www.stemalliance.eu/) brings together industries, Ministries of Education and education stakeholders to promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics education and careers to young Europeans and address anticipated future skills gaps within the European Union. The STEM Alliance builds on the success of the EU-funded inGenious initiative (2011-2014) to increase the links between STEM education and careers, by involving schools throughout Europe.
About European Schoolnet
European Schoolnet (www.europeanschoolnet.org) is the network of 31 European Ministries of Education, based in Brussels. As a not-for-profit organisation, we aim to bring innovation in teaching and learning to our key stakeholders: Ministries of Education, schools, teachers, researchers, and industry partners. European Schoolnet’s mission is to support relevant education stakeholders in Europe in the transformation of education processes for 21st century digitalized societies. Our remit is to identify and test promising innovative practices, share evidence about their impact, and support the mainstreaming of teaching and learning practices aligned with 21st century standards for the education of all students.
About CSR Europe
CSR Europe is the leading European business network for Corporate Social Responsibility. Through its network of 45 corporate members and 41 National CSR organisations, it gathers over 10,000 companies, and acts as a platform for those businesses looking to enhance sustainable growth and positively contribute to society. Improving STEM skills and promoting quality business-education partnerships is a key priority for CSR Europe, as is reflected in the Pact for Youth launched in 2015.