Defining STEAM Approaches for Higher Education

Carter, Claudia and Barnett, Heather and Burns, Kathryn and Cohen, Nathan and Durall, Eva and Lordick, Daniel and Nack, Frank and Newman, Andrew and Ussher, Shaun (2021) Defining STEAM Approaches for Higher Education. European Journal of STEM Education, 6 (1). ISSN 2468-4368

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Abstract

In an increasingly complex interconnected world, STEAM practices have gained attention in Higher Education (HE). The integration of Sciences, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics pedagogies with those from the Arts takes many forms with myriad intentions, processes and outcomes. Common aspirations pertain to equipping students with interdisciplinary skills required for the jobs market, increasing intellectual curiosity and collaboratively developing creative, socially equitable responses to complex global challenges. The Erasmus+ project STEAM Innovation and Curriculum involves seven European partners who have been pioneering STEAM approaches and methods. Using workshops, discussions, hacking processes and reflective practice, this collaborative work is the first comprehensive attempt to systematically analyse and showcase European approaches to STEAM in HE. Project outputs relate to the three project phases and include defining STEAM and a Handbook on STEAM approaches (Phase 1), the development of new STEAM methods (Phase 2) and developing evaluation frameworks (Phase 3). The Handbook collects and codifies HE STEAM approaches and provides a working definition highlighting key elements of STEAM projects and processes as well as guidance and inspiration for those looking to develop and introduce STEAM approaches in their institution. This paper focuses on Phase 1 outcomes and insights to help foster STEAM thinking and to tackle issues around joint STEM/Arts standards, and concerns in the HE arena such as modes of intellectual investigation, curriculum planning and the case for inter- and transdisciplinarity.

Item Type: Article
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.20897/ejsteme/11354
Dates:
DateEvent
12 July 2021Submitted
4 November 2021Accepted
18 November 2021Published Online
Uncontrolled Keywords: higher education, STEAM approaches, STEAM methods, European STEAM practice
Subjects: CAH22 - education and teaching > CAH22-01 - education and teaching > CAH22-01-01 - education
CAH25 - design, and creative and performing arts > CAH25-01 - creative arts and design > CAH25-01-01 - creative arts and design (non-specific)
Divisions: Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment > School of Engineering and the Built Environment > Resilient Environments
Depositing User: Claudia Carter
Date Deposited: 16 Nov 2021 10:58
Last Modified: 19 Nov 2021 16:32
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/12425

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