School of Education and the Arts
Dr Linda Pfeiffer, Dr Jenny McDougall
Doctor of Education

Research Details

Thesis Name

Embedding STEM into a Mainstream Curriculum — a collaborative and sustainable approach to learning

Thesis Abstract

This project is concerned with the ability of secondary schools to deliver a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) framework within a current Australian mainstream curriculum that can be sustained as a learning pedagogy.

Why my research is important/Impacts

The delivery of a STEM framework is accepted as being important for students in developing the skills needed for future success in life. However, the pedagogy's current delivery in schools is not consistent or accessible to all students. The significance of this research is the belief that a STEM framework can be delivered and sustained through current secondary curriculums developed by ACARA and NESA with little to no impact on existing timetables, teaching practice or budgeting constraints. Furthermore, by developing links between secondary school and real-life situations, students will be encouraged to pursue STEM career pathways.