1st Edition

Cross-disciplinary STEM Learning for Asian Primary Students Design, Practices, and Outcomes

Edited By Winnie Wing Mui So, Zhi Hong Wan, Tian Luo Copyright 2024
    276 Pages 47 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Given the importance of student learning in the various types and integration of STEM education, this book provides a landscape of cross-disciplinary STEM learning in Asian primary schools, and a systematic overview of design, practices, and outcomes of STEM learning implementation.

    Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) has continued to attract attention worldwide, and there have been calls for the promotion of STEM education in primary schools to nurture students to meet the needs of societies in terms of innovation and technology development. Since STEM is complex in nature and is related to various disciplines, the effort of a single discipline may not be as effective as cross-disciplinary efforts. This edited volume, involving an Asian team of authors, examines how cross-disciplinary STEM learning can be designed for students to achieve viable outcomes, and what opportunities and challenges have been offered to the next generation to equip them with the necessary skills, knowledge, and ways of thinking, as well as attitudes and values for lifelong learning.

    A resourceful text for students, researchers, and practitioners interested in the rich development of STEM education and practical methods for a variety of learning approaches from elementary to secondary education has been provided.

    1. Preface – Cross-disciplinary STEM Learning for Asian Primary Students: Achievements and Challenges

    Winnie Wing Mui So, Zhi Hong Wan and Tian Luo

    Part I: A Theoretical Perspective on STEM Education in Asian primary schools

    2. Policies and Practices of Cross-disciplinary School STEM Education in Asia: An Overview

    Zhi Hong Wan, Winnie Wing Mui So, Daoqing Xie and Tian Luo

    3. Scaffolds for Educators for Designing STEM Activities: A Review of the Frameworks in STEM Education in Asia

    Tian Luo, Yingying Zhou, Xuan Huang, Winnie Wing Mui So, Zhi Hong Wan and Qi Huang

    Part II: Inquiry-based STEM Learning

    4. The 5E Pedagogical Approach in Integrated STEM Learning

    Pey Tee Emily Oon, Chi Fong Wan and Yan Long Lin

    5. Building Miniature Stone Walls in Museum Settings: An Effective Cross-disciplinary STEM Activity in an Informal Learning Environment

    Shoko Sakata and Yoshisuke Kumano

    Part III: Design-oriented STEM learning

    6. Design-based STEM-BCG Learning for Sustainable Development: Design, Practices, and Outcomes

    Chatree Faikhamta, Siroj Srisarakorn and Naphat Suknarusaithagul

    7. Integrating Epistemic Practices of Engineering into Education

    Gultekin Cakmakci

    8. Environment-centred STEM Learning for Primary Students: School-STEM Professional Collaboration

    Qianwen He, Winnie Wing Mui So, Yiu Fai Tsang and Zhi Hong Wan

    Part IV: Technology-enhanced STEM learning

    9. Pedagogical Design of STEM Activities for Developing Problem-Solving Skills and Digital Creativity of Primary Students in the Internet of Things Era: Six-Step STEM Pedagogy

    Siu-Cheung Kong

    10. The Innovative Use of Smartphones for STEM Practical Activities: A Pilot Implementation for a Malaysian Primary School

    Siew Wei Tho, Wei Wei Chu and Thai Kuan Fong

    Part V: Practices in cross-disciplinary STEM learning

    11. STEM Education for Primary Schools: A Topic Modelling Study of STEM Applied Learning Programme Websites in Singapore

    Eunjeong Yun, Yann Shiou Ong and Yew-Jin Lee

    12. The Impact of Two Teaching Behaviours on Primary School Students’ STEM Learning Performance and Flow Experience

    Shaona Zhou, Chuyu Ou, Shaorui Xu and Chuting Lu

    13. Perceptions of STEM Education of Teachers from Taiwan: Identifying Factors Influencing Commitment to STEM Teaching

    Jen-Yi Wu, Ying-Shao Hsu, Hsin-Kai Wu, Kai-Lin Yang, Kuen-Yi Lin and Yi-Fen Yeh

    14. Taking the Lead in STEM: A Case Study of a Singapore Primary Science Teacher's Attempt at STEM

    Tang Wee Teo, Aik Ling Tan, Li Mei Johannah Soo and Timothy Ter Ming Tan


    Winnie Wing Mui So is a Professor in the Department of Science & Environmental Studies at the Education University of Hong Kong.

    Zhi Hong Wan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the Education University of Hong Kong.

    Tian Luo is an Assistant Professor in the College of Teacher Education at Capital Normal University, China.