What is STEM?: the need for unpacking its definitions and applications


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Author: Siekmann, Gitta


The generality of the umbrella term 'STEM' (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) as a synonym for a diverse group of skills and academic fields poses various problems in terms of workforce planning and targeted interventions. This summary brings together findings from National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) research investigating educational and occupational concepts and their associated definitions raised in the literature review. As there is no universally shared definitions of STEM skills there cannot be comparable 'STEM' statistics on any number of...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Skills and knowledge; Teaching and learning; Employment; Vocational education and training; Research

Keywords: Occupation; Literature review

Geographic subjects: Oceania; Australia

Published: Adelaide, South Australia: NCVER, 2016

Physical description: 13 p. (research summary) + 56 p. (support document 1) + 12 p. (support document 2)

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Also called: What is science, technology, engineering and mathematics?: the need for unpacking its definitions and applications; Defining 'STEM' skills: review and synthesis of the literature [support document 1]; Defining 'science, technology, engineering and mathematics' skills: review and synthesis of the literature [support document 1]; Identifying STEM occupations: national and international approaches [support document 2]; Identifying science, technology, engineering and mathematics occupations: national and international approaches [support document 2]

Related items: TD/TNC 125.14

ISBN: 9781925173666

The related publication 'Measuring STEM in vocational education and training' is indexed in VOCEDplus at TD/TNC 125.14.

Resource type: Report

Rights: With the exception of cover design, artwork, photographs all logos and any material protected by a trade mark and where otherwise noted all material presented in this document is provided under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia licence. To view a copy of the licence visit: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/au/

Document number: TD/TNC 125.13

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