The STEAMonEdu project consortium has prepared a Guide of STE(A)M Education Practices for subsequent research activities, identifying 11 successful practices, from which it is possible to obtain lessons relating to the training needs of teachers interested in adopting a STE(A)M approach to teaching.
As a result of research and creative techniques that will be instrumental among the members of the community, the STE(A)M education framework will include competences, policies, methodologies, and educational objects.
In line with the STEAMonEdu project, this first version of the guide is also intended to fuel discussion among our community members, providing them with examples, ideas and a baseline for benchmarking their own practices and projects.
The aim is to summarize and evaluate good and not so good STE(A)M education practices, based on local and regional initiatives that support STEM and STE(A)M education.
From the beginning of the project, the STEAMonEdu community members could join an online platform where good practices have been collected. Any person interested in joining the community can check it out and register.
The online community will be open during and after the project. It is a very useful tool to share and learn about other’s educational experiences.
The STEAMonEdu project refers to a “Good practice” such training and education initiatives that are built and implemented by schools, NGOs, and any education provider, incorporating some principles, including inclusive STEAM education, problem-based learning or integrated learning system.
Also, at the beginning of the project, partners agreed on 25 evaluation criteria based upon the principles listed in the previous section. Each criterium has been scored from 0 (not valuable) to 3 (good), the maximum score attainable by a practice being then 75. Practices scoring over 65 are considered best practices.
Moreover, to be considered a STE(A)M practice, the practice should include Arts among the disciplines involved.
Up to this moment, the platform has collected around 65 educational practices and 18 policies and any kind of implementations in the context of STE(A)M education.
The educational practice was split in five parts, to facilitate information input:
Similarly, educational policies are uploaded by the project partners that we can can organized in three parts:
We invite you to view it and delve into the contents of the guide, to participate in the forums discussion and to upload your contents! Let’s make the community!