STEM in early childhood education

Authors: Marianne Knaus and Pauline Roberts
Published: 2017
Pages: 36
ECA code: RIP1704

STEM is the acronym given to the integrated learning approach focusing on science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Governments and policy-makers around the world are recognising the importance of STEM education and the Australian government has committed significant funding to prioritise the uptake of STEM education.

This book will help educators in the early childhood sector to understand the ‘what’ and ‘why’ of STEM and to learn how to implement hands-on, inquiry-based pedagogies within the STEM disciplines for young children. The content includes:

  • STEM and what it is
  • how to incorporate STEM in early childhood pedagogy
  • the role of educators
  • opportunities for STEM in early years contexts
  • practical ideas and examples
  • resources and references.

Using a play-based pedagogy, children can be given the opportunity to investigate, manipulate and experiment with a wide range of resources and materials that develop the concepts, skills and dispositions that are important for science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

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