Work continues for the CHOICE partners, who met virtually for their 2nd Coordination Meeting on 29th September.
September 28, 2020
New CHOICE report on students’ attitudes and teachers’ approaches to STEM education
The acronym STEM derives from Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics and it is a curriculum based on the idea of educating students in four specific disciplines — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — in an interdisciplinary and applied approach. STE(A)M takes STEM to the next level by allowing students to connect learning in these critical areas together with art practices, elements, design principles, and standards.
The CHOICE team has identified existing initiatives to reform STEM education, contributing to close the skill mismatch in the current labour market and best practices, published in a new State of the Art Study Report. Research was carried out in each partner country (Italy, Greece, Spain and Cyprus), as well as on a European level by the core partners CESIE (Italy), EUROTraining(Greece), GrantXpert (Cyprus), Blue Room Innovation (Spain) and Lifelong Learning Platform (Belgium). The state-of-the-art study serves as a cross-country comparative analysis of the collected data of these partner countries that conducted the research.
In an attempt to also understand students’ perception, motivation and aspirations towards STEM and the teachers’ approaches to STEM education, the core partners of the CHOICE project, conducted a survey that was completed by at least 320 students aged 13 to 18 years and 160 teachers.
The report's aim is to lay down the basis of the framework for reforming STEM curricula in order to tackle real needs and adapt the content and structure of the Open Educational Resources (OERs) on STE(A)M education accordingly.
The case-studies that were discussed during the reflective groups, with representatives from businesses, Higher Education Institutions and local authorities in each partner country, are collected in the Reflective Practice Case-study Compendium, whichalso gives an in-depth reflection on existing measures, best practices and needs from the academic and business world, as well as on policy level.
You can download both publications here:
September 24, 2020
🔥New publications by the CHOICE team! 🔥
The presented papers summarise our findings of the surveys we conducted in Italy, Greece, Cyprus and Spain to assess students' attitutes towards STEM subjects and careers and the current teaching of STEM subjects, as well as the teachers' and school directors' practical approaches to conducting the concerned subjects.
In addition, the papers present local and regional initiatives as well as best practices to lay the basis for the innovative creation of cross-disciplinary Open Education Resources on STE(A)M education (integrating STEM and Arts).
The situation across EU, current EU policies and vision on science education, as well as other European initiatives related to STE(A)M are also presented in a fifth paper developed by the Lifelong Learning Platform.
June 25, 2020
You have a CHOICE to STEAMIT with STEAMONEDU!
Representatives from three Erasmus Plus projects (CHOICE, STE(A)M IT & STEAMonEdu) joined a very successful clustering session held as part of the STEAMonEdu project on the 25th of June 2020.
Our community is expanding!
Stay tuned - A lot of interesting things have been planned for the near future!
The Kick-off Meeting of the CHOICE – Increasing young people’s motivation to choose STEM careers through an Innovative Cross-disciplinary STE(A)M approach to education project was held on February 20th and 21st in Palermo, Italy.