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STEM Alliance publishes two reports on impacts and challenges of ICT in STEM education

Thursday, June 15, 2017

The STEM Alliance has published two new literature reviews that demonstrate how the use of ICT in learning and teaching methods can enhance students' learning outcomes and digital competence.

The two reports, titled "ICT in STEM Education - Impacts and Challenges: On Students" and "ICT in STEM Education - Impacts and Challenges: On Teachers", are part of a series of literature reviews and special issues about STEM education.

The reports address the question of what are the impacts and challenges of ICT in STEM teaching and learning, from the viewpoint of both teachers and students.

The research needed for this reports has been based on an extensive literature review carried out during the year 2016.

Evidence shows that an early exposure to STEM and ICT has a positive impact on students’ perceptions towards those subjects, and can ensure that students are digitally competent when they leave school. Businesses can facilitate this early exposure through meaningful partnerships with schools, therefore making STEM careers more attractive to students

Most importantly, the reports conclude that pedagogy should drive technology in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education, not vice versa.

"As these reviews show, innovative STEM educational practices, including the pedagogical use of ICT in STEM teaching and learning, are a key element in making science studies and careers more attractive for students. The contextualisation of STEM teaching via school-industry partnerships is also of paramount importance in achieving innovation in STEM education", says Marc Durando, Executive Director of European Schoolnet.

"The two reports demonstrate the potential benefit of mutual engagement between business and the education sector in order to achieve more innovation in STEM education. Business as usual is not an option. Multi-stakeholder collaboration on this topic is imperative to develop or consolidate existing partnerships in support of youth employability and inclusion, therefore making STEM careers more attractive for students", says Stefan Crets, Executive Director of CSR Europe.

More information about the reports