Innovation and Entrepreneurship as Economic Change Agents: The Role of STEM Education in Australia
Determining whether current STEM outreach initiatives foster the twenty-first century skills needed to drive innovation – the precursor for entrepreneurship.
In line with the National Innovation and Science Agenda, the Australian Government has invested millions into school outreach programs to develop skills and participation in STEM.
STEM drives innovation and entrepreneurship by helping people develop vital twenty-first century skills: creativity, collaboration, critical thinking and communication.
Conducted by Deborah Corrigan and Debra Panizzon, this study examined an index of outreach initiatives in Australia to determine how effectively they created these skills.
From analysing 365 outreach initiatives, the key findings from this research project are as follows:
There was no evidence that current programs were helping participants develop these skills
Only one entrepreneurship program targeted the STEM area
Most programs focused on delivering content rather than building vital STEM capabilities
To a lesser extent, the initiatives didn’t make a strong attempt to motivate people to participate in STEM
The programs primarily catered to people already interested in STEM
There is a large disparity between the national agenda and the current role of STEM education in Australia
To discover more about this study, read the full research report.
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