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Laying down the “T” and “E” in STEM education: Design as the basis of an integrated STEM philosophy
Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, Learning, Aesthetics, Natural science. Linköping University, Faculty of Educational Sciences. (TekNaD)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0829-3349
University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg, South Africa.
2019 (English)In: Proceedings PATT 37: Developing a knowledge economy through technology and engineering education, 3-6 June 2019 University of Malta, Msida Campus  / [ed] Sarah Pulé & Marc J. de Vries, Msida, Malta, 2019, Vol. 37, p. 187-194Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

STEM – science, technology, engineering, and mathematics – has become ubiquitous in education. How STEM and STEM education are to be defined is still a matter of debate, however, and it is only just recently that STEM education has been probed from a philosophical point of view. The need for a philosophical basis for STEM education is therefore fundamental. The aim of this study is thus to investigate specifically the role of the “T” and “E” in STEM, and how they not only may be fruitfully integrated with the “S” and “M”, as part of a philosophy of STEM education, but also potentially form a methodological backbone of such a philosophy when it comes to design. The research question that underpinned the study is: What are the affordances of Mitcham’s (1994) fourfold philosophical framework of technology for unifying the STEM subjects, with particular consideration of the “T” and “E”? The research methodology consisted of a qualitative meta-synthesis of the literature regarding the philosophy of technology and engineering, technology education, and the current issues of integrating the various STEM subjects. We conclude that from a methodological point of view – Mitcham’s “activity” – the design in technology (“T”) and engineering (“E”) holds the most promising affordances for unifying the four STEM subjects. Design as part of particular design projects may require the “design” of applicable scientific experiments as well as the design of applicable mathematics expressions and formulae specifically when modelling in “E” (and “T”).

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Msida, Malta, 2019. Vol. 37, p. 187-194
Keywords [en]
technology education; engineering education; STEM education; design; philosophy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-157388ISBN: 9789995714796 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-157388DiVA, id: diva2:1322765
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PATT, Pupils' Attitudes Towards Technology, Msida, Malta, 3-6 June, 2019
Available from: 2019-06-11 Created: 2019-06-11 Last updated: 2019-06-20Bibliographically approved

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