ACSA Webinars
Term 3

Jane Hunter, Associate Professor focused on research, engagement and innovation, School of International Studies & Education, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, University of Technology Sydney

High Possibility STEM Classrooms in Australia: Fact or fiction?

Tuesday 20 July 2021 7-8pm AEST

Jane Hunter

This webinar will focus on what is required to build teacher agency in integrated approaches to teaching and learning in 'High Possibility STEM Classrooms'. It foregrounds mixed methods research from studies conducted in 14 schools in language diverse, disadvantaged, and urbanized communities in Australia. The book is presented through a conversation with participants that shares a globally oriented, contemporary framework for powerful, Integrated STEM. The conceptions of the High Possibility Classrooms framework named as theory, creativity, life preparation, public learning and contextual accommodations supported teachers to create hands-on, inquiry-led, and project-based approaches to Integrated STEM education in their classrooms.

Three case studies form the basis of this fresh proposition for Integrated STEM in schools that places pedagogy at the center of practice - especially in K-6 classrooms. Find out how this translates into a valuable and effective approach to Integrated STEM - it's a webinar suitable for researchers, school leaders, teachers and parents. The creation of what Hunter calls 'High Possibility STEM Schools' blueprint involves 10 research-informed directions for Australian education. She argues the prioritization of Integrated STEM emphasizes more transdisciplinary approaches and less soiled content. Talk in this webinar will examine not only STEM and STEAM but middle leadership, technological literacies and assessment within contemporary K-12 settings.

AITSL Standards Addressed:
1.3 Students with diverse linguistic, cultural, religious and socioeconomic backgrounds
1.5 Differentiate teaching to meet the specific leaning needs of students across the full range of abilities
2.1 Content and teaching strategies of the teaching area
2.2 Content selection and organisation
2.3 Curriculum, assessment and reporting
2.6 Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
3.2 Plan, structure and sequence learning programs
3.3 Use teaching strategies
4.1 Support student participation
6.2 Engage in professional learning and improve practice
6.3 Engage with colleagues and improve practice
6.4 Apply professional leaning and improve student learning
7.4 Engage with professional teaching networks and broader communities

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