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Sweden, Australia, and Belgium: STEM Comparisons in Early Childhood
Deakin University, Melbourne, VIC, Australia.
University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Educational sciences, Educational science, Curriculum studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0776-3110
Odisee, University of Applied Sciences, Brussels, Belgium.
Deakin University, Melbourne, VIC, Australia.
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2022 (English)In: Play and STEM Education in the Early Years: International Policies and Practices / [ed] Sue Dale Tunnicliffe, Teresa J. Kennedy, Springer , 2022, p. 201-217Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Internationally, there has been an ongoing focus by governments through their educational policies to address declining interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). This increasing need for knowledge and understanding of STEM provides an impetus for all educational systems to re-visit their actions around STEM learning and engagement. A more comprehensive understanding of early childhood STEM education provision is needed so that an informed, effective, and appropriate development of early childhood STEM pedagogical standards and resources occurs. This chapter provides research to understand what cultural influences are brought into play as teachers work in STEM education, what they do when teaching STEM and the factors which influence their decision making. Examples from three countries, Sweden, Australia, and Belgium, are explored using document analysis and qualitative data to formulate their cases. The three cases studies were considered from the perspective of education policy, provision of teacher education, and teaching practice. Examination of the practices that are currently in place in Sweden, Australia and Belgium provide information that the policy and cultural background of each country contribute to strong similarities and but also relatively small differences in teacher pedagogy.

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Springer , 2022. p. 201-217
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Cultural influences; Curriculum; Early childhood; Pedagogy; Policy
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Educational Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-43115DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-99830-1_10Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85172118691ISBN: 9783030998301 (print)ISBN: 9783030998295 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-43115DiVA, id: diva2:1803293
Available from: 2023-10-09 Created: 2023-10-09 Last updated: 2023-10-09Bibliographically approved

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