Latin American STEM Policy

A Review of Recent Initiatives on STEM Education in four Latin American Countries

Authored by: Martín Bascopé , Kristina Reiss , Mayte Morales , Claudia Robles , Pilar Reyes , Mauricio Ismael Duque , Juan Carlos Andrade

Handbook of Research on STEM Education

Print publication date:  May  2020
Online publication date:  April  2020

Print ISBN: 9780367075606
eBook ISBN: 9780429021381
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The chapter systematizes initiatives on STEM education provided by an expert panel with representatives from Chile, Perú, Colombia, México and Germany. It looks at the relationship with the policy frame of each of the Latin American countries and makes a revision of the empirical research on the area. Four main areas of development of STEM initiatives were found: Inquiry-based science education programs, gender equality in STEM, place-based learning and multi-sectoral territorial alliances for STEM education. Curricular guidelines in general allow STEM innovation with differences among countries. Research-based interventions are still scarce, and little can be said about outcomes and results.

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