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Integrated Approach to STEM Teacher Training

 

The rationale for this project derives from two challenges faced by STEM subjects in schools in Russia, India and Kazakhstan. These include (1) students’ low interest in STEM subjects at school, which results in very low average grades in these subjects; (2) low uptake in STEM programs at university. This project aims to address these challenges, to meet the needs of the knowledge economy for high quality STEM specialists in Russia, India and Kazakhstan, by increasing the number of young people choosing the STEM career routes. Through this project we will promote students’ interest in STEM subjects by introducing an integrated approach to Master’s level initial teacher training programs. This will be achieved through retraining school and university teachers in new methods and to set up STEM centres at each university to provide training and methodologial resources for a specific region and help organizing extra-curricular activities at high schools.

International collaborations include colleagues from and our partner universities are in Sweden, Finland, Turkey, Russia, India and Kazakhstan, namely Linköping University, Hacettepe University, University of Helsinki, Southern Federal University, Belgorod State University, Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University, L.N. Gumilyov Eurasian National University, M. Auezov South Kazakhstan State University, S. Amanzholov East Kazakhstan State University.

School of Education, EPI*STEM Academics involved include Dr Keelin Leahy, and Professor Merrilyn Goos