1st Edition

Integrating STEM in Higher Education Addressing Global Issues

By Lindsey N. Conner Copyright 2021
    188 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    188 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This timely book addresses the increasing need for collaboration, innovation and solution-focussed skills by looking at examples of cutting-edge pedagogy that can inform future directions. Integrating STEM in Higher Education shows how applying digital innovations that can be generated through the implementation of deliberately designed STEM education can change the world for the better. References to over 45 higher education institutions from around the world are included, where integrated approaches are already occurring. A wide range of teaching strategies and assessment methods are discussed, promoting a transformative method in which students can generate new knowledge within coursework and simultaneously develop skills and attributes for their future careers, lives and the world’s needs.

    This book is essential reading for STEM educators, administrators and academic leaders, as well as learning designers in higher education.

    1.Importance of STEM for Social, Economic and Environmental Futures 2. Role of Technology in STEM 3.Developing a Pedagogical Framework for STEM 4.Designing Integrated STEM Curriculum 5. Assessment 6. Challenges and Professional Learning for Integrating STEM 7. Future Directions for Integrating STEM in Higher Education


    Lindsey N. Conner is Professor of Digital Education and Innovation, Flinders University, Australia.

    "The importance of STEM to our society and how we will continue to rebuild our society out of the economic and health crises of the COVID-19 pandemic cannot be understated. I am so pleased to hear that we have people turning their minds to such vital issues of public policy."

    Hon Tanya Plibersek MP, Shadow Minister for Education and Training

    "Building a healthy economy after COVID-19 is a global priority and there will be an emphasis on innovation and entrepreneurial approaches as we seek to create new business opportunities and to strengthen existing industries. Employers are demanding job-ready graduates with transferable skills that can be applied to real-world, contemporary problems and who also have strong understandings of cultural differences and ethical practice. This book is a timely contribution to our exploration of how we can best serve the needs of our students as they prepare for an increasingly dynamic world."

    Hon John Gardner MP, Minister for Education, South Australia

    "There has been widespread enthusiasm, even hype, about the possible benefits of STEM education, but worryingly little careful examination of the issues. This book does a great job of rigorously analysing what STEM integration in higher education might entail and contains helpful examples of actual progress in the field."

    Michael J. Reiss, Professor of Science Education, UCL Institute of Education

    "Offering a comprehensive pedagogical framework for integrating STEM supported with exemplars from across the globe, this book addresses such foundational constructs as experiential education, technology, inquiry, and design thinking in the reform of STEM learning and teaching, grounded in research perspectives and practical approaches to meeting student needs. In many ways, the book reads as a step-by-step guide that will resonate with higher education faculty charged with advancing institutional curricula. This reviewer could easily envision this resource as an excellent choice for a reform-minded book group involving stakeholders from across the academy. The chapter on assessment offers a welcome perspective of real-world outcomes with examples highlighting alternatives to traditional exams. Suitable for policy makers and researchers with a vested interest in STEM education."

    D. M. Moss, University of Connecticut, CHOICE