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New book notes that Gladstone STEM project ‘didn’t just happen overnight’

Published:07 May 2020

CQUniversity staff Dr Linda Pfeiffer (right) and Kathryn Tabone with a copy of the Routledge publication titled 'STEM Education in Primary Classrooms - Unravelling Contemporary Approaches in Australia and New Zealand'.

STEM education seems to be the flavour of the month but it took many years of community-based groundwork before Gladstone’s ‘university-industry’ STEM Central Project reached fruition.

That’s according to CQUniversity staff Dr Linda Pfeiffer and Kathryn Tabone, who have authored a book chapter about the unique journey and partnership behind the Australia Pacific LNG STEM Central Project.

“It took years of building capacity with local community groups, with consistent delivery, sustainability and evolution before Australia Pacific LNG approached us about a partnership,” Dr Pfeiffer says.

“We started with a focus on professional development for teachers, while Kathryn’s background in policy and implementation also led to additional community engagement goals.

“Teachers play a pivotal role in the implementation of the STEM agenda, however, they cannot do this alone. Relationships and partnerships with relevant industries are also essential in addressing the STEM crisis nationally.”

The CQUni authors’ chapter is part of a Routledge publication titled STEM Education in Primary Classrooms - Unravelling Contemporary Approaches in Australia and New Zealand.

Dr Pfeiffer was also one of three editors for the newly-released book.

STEM Education in Primary Classrooms provides educators with innovative and up-to-date research into how to meaningfully and authentically embed STEM into existing classroom practices.

It also incorporates accurate explanations of STEM as an integrated approach to solving real-world problems, including social issues, along with case studies and stories to bring practice to life in evidence-informed ways.

The book includes a Foreword by Interim Queensland Chief Scientist Professor Paul Bertsch. View more details on STEM Education in Primary Classrooms.