1st Edition

STEM Education from Asia Trends and Perspectives

Edited By Tang Wee Teo, Aik-Ling Tan, Paul Teng Copyright 2022
    262 Pages 21 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    262 Pages 21 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Asia is the largest continent in the world. Five out of the top ten high performing economies in the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) 2018 are located in Asia. Why do Asian students perform so well in STEM-related subjects? This book answers this by examining the STEM education policies and initiatives in Asian economies, as well as the training programmes undertaken by STEM teachers in Asia.

    The book is broken into four sections, each accompanied by a passage of commentary that summarizes the key takeaways of the chapters. Section one focuses on STEM policy environments and how various countries have developed policies that promote STEM as an integral part of national economic development. Section two focuses on STEM teacher education in the Philippines and Thailand, while section three focuses on STEM curriculum design, context, and challenges in four Asian economies. The fourth and final section focuses on presenting snapshots of STEM education research efforts in Malaysia, South Korea, and Singapore.

    Written by Asian academics, this book will provide valuable insights to policy makers, educators, and researchers interested in the topic of STEM education, especially in the Asian context.

    Chapters 7 and 11 of this book are freely available as a downloadable Open Access PDF under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license available at http://www.taylorfrancis.com

    Introduction Section 1: STEM Policies 1. STEM Education Policies in Hong Kong 2. STEM Education in Malaysia: Policies to Implementation 3. A Journey Towards STEM Education in Bhutan: An Educational Review Section 2: STEM Teacher Education 4. STEM Teacher Education in the Philippines 5. STEM Teacher Education in Thailand Section 3: STEM Curriculum 6. The Contextual and Personal Aspects of the Development of a School-based STEM Curriculum: A Case in Hong Kong 7. Advancing Integrated STEM Education in the Philippines Through STEM Curriculum Implementation 8. Students’ Views, Attitudes, Identity, Self-Concept, and Career Decisions: Results from an Evaluation Study of a STEM Program in Singapore 9. Effect of 5E Learning Cycle to Enhance Grade Twelve Students’ Conceptual Understanding of Gene Expression: An Integrated STEM Education Approach Section 4: STEM Education Research in Asia 10. STEM Education Research in Malaysia 11. STEM/STEAM Education Research in South Korea 12. Understanding STEM Integration in Singapore Using Complex, Persistent, and Extended Problems


    Tang Wee Teo is an Associate Professor at the National Institute of Education (NIE), Natural Sciences and Science Education (Academic Group) and Co-Head of the Multi-centric Education, Research and Industry STEM Centre at the NIE, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. She has a particular interest in equity issues in STEM education. She is the Editor-in-Chief of the journal, Research in Integrated STEM Education.

    Aik Ling Tan is an Associate Professor at the National Institute of Education, Natural Sciences and Science Education (Academic Group), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Her research interest lies in students' learning in science, science teachers' professional development and curriculum design for integrated STEM education.

    Paul Teng is the Dean and Managing Director at NIE International (NIEI), the education consulting company of Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He is also an Adjunct Senior Fellow in the Natural Sciences and Science Education (Academic Group) at the National Institute of Education. His education research interests include pedagogies for adult learning in professional development.