Perspectives on Australian, Indian and Malaysian approaches to STEM education

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Author: Thomas, Bibi; Watters, James J.


[Science, technology, engineering and mathematics] STEM education faces an interesting conundrum. Western countries have implemented constructivist inspired student centred practices which are argued to be more engaging and relevant to student learning than the traditional, didactic approaches. However, student interest in pursuing careers in STEM have fallen or stagnated. In contrast, students in many developing countries in which teaching is still somewhat didactic and teacher centred are more disposed to STEM related careers than their western counterparts. Clearly factors are at work...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Research; Teaching and learning; Economics; Culture and society; Providers of education and training; Workforce development

Keywords: Comparative analysis; Educational practice; Developing economy; Developed economy; Social capital; Teachers; Professional development

Geographic subjects: Australia; Oceania; India; Malaysia; Asia

Published: Amsterdam, Netherlands: Elsevier, 2015

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Also called: Perspectives on Australian, Indian and Malaysian approaches to science, technology, engineering and mathematics education

Journal volume: 45

Journal date: November 2015

Pages: pp. 42-53

ISSN: 0738-0593

Resource type: Article

Peer reviewed: Yes

Call number: TD/TNC 123.206

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