A Worldly Perspective

Applying Theory to STEM Education

Authored by: Léonie J. Rennie , Grady Venville , John Wallace

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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STEM education has been under-theorized by educators, administrators, and researchers. This chapter outlines a STEM education theory, titled the Worldly Perspective. We argue that a powerful STEM curriculum has, at its core, two dimensions: a balance between disciplinary and integrated knowledge, and connection between local and global knowledge. These tenets of the theory—balance and connection—are exemplified by three case studies at the elementary and secondary levels of education. We also argue that the Worldly Perspective can be employed as a bridge other STEM knowledge systems, for example, Western and Aboriginal worldviews, life and work, the particular and the general.

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