Exploring the challenges and enablers of implementing a STEM Project-Based Learning programme in a diverse junior secondary context

Journal article


Wilson, Kimberley. (2020) Exploring the challenges and enablers of implementing a STEM Project-Based Learning programme in a diverse junior secondary context. International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10763-020-10103-8
AuthorsWilson, Kimberley
Abstract

In the rush to implement STEM programmes in economically disadvantaged school districts, there is a pressing need to develop a stronger sense of what might be considered effective and appropriate STEM practices for diverse students. The aim of this study was to characterise the experience of implementing an integrated STEM Project-Based Learning (PBL) programme in an Australian secondary school located within a diverse, socio-economically disadvantaged community. To identify enablers and constraints in delivering STEM PBL in this context, the study utilised qualitative data from interviews with school teachers and leaders, school planning documents and an extended series of classroom observations. Key findings point towards the importance of building a school culture that supports innovative pedagogy; the need to purposefully scaffold the capabilities of teachers and students to engage with active learning; and the potential value of multi-dimensional assessment allowing students to demonstrate STEM proficiency through novel forms of evidence.

KeywordsInterdisciplinary instruction; Project-based learning; Secondary education; STEM education
Year2020
JournalInternational Journal of Science and Mathematics Education
PublisherSpringer
ISSN1571-0068
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1007/s10763-020-10103-8
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85086364321
Research GroupSchool of Education
Place of publicationNetherlands
Permalink -

https://acuresearchbank.acu.edu.au/item/8q9yq/exploring-the-challenges-and-enablers-of-implementing-a-stem-project-based-learning-programme-in-a-diverse-junior-secondary-context

  • 6
    total views
  • 0
    total downloads
  • 0
    views this month
  • 0
    downloads this month
These values are for the period from 19th October 2020, when this repository was created.

Export as

Related outputs

The impact of museum interpretation tour on visitors' engagement and post-visit conservation intentions and behaviours
Pan, Yi-Ting, Yang, Kuay-Keng, Wilson, Kimberley, Hong, Zuway-R and Lin, Huann-shyang. (2020) The impact of museum interpretation tour on visitors' engagement and post-visit conservation intentions and behaviours. International Journal of Tourism Research. 22(5), pp. 593 - 603. https://doi.org/10.1002/jtr.2358
Engaging diverse students in STEM: The Five Dimensions Framework
Wilson, Kimberley. (2020) Engaging diverse students in STEM: The Five Dimensions Framework. In In A. Fitzgerald, C. Haeusler and L. Pfeiffer (Ed.). STEM Education in Primary Classrooms: Unravelling Contemporary Approaches in Australia and New Zealand pp. 12 - 27 Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group.
Identifying the challenging characteristics of systems thinking encountered by undergraduate students in chemistry problem-solving of gas laws
Chen, Ya-Chun, Wilson, Kimberley and Lin, Huann-shyang. (2019) Identifying the challenging characteristics of systems thinking encountered by undergraduate students in chemistry problem-solving of gas laws. Chemistry Education Research and Practice. 20(3), pp. 594 - 605. https://doi.org/10.1039/c9rp00070d
Understanding the work of FLOs through a recovery framework lens
Rushton, Cindy and Wilson, Kimberley. (2018) Understanding the work of FLOs through a recovery framework lens. International Journal of Inclusive Education. https://doi.org/10.1080/13603116.2018.1448122
Practitioner perspectives
Wilson, Kimberley. (2018) Practitioner perspectives. In In S. McGinty, K. Wilson and J. Thomas and B. Lewthwaite (Ed.). Gauging the Value of Education for Disenfranchised Youth pp. 83 - 103 Sense Publishers.
Re-engaged students’ perceptions of mainstream and flexible learning environments: A ‘semi-quantitative’ approach
Welters, Riccardo, Lewthwaite, Brian, Thomas, Joseph and Wilson, Kimberley. (2018) Re-engaged students’ perceptions of mainstream and flexible learning environments: A ‘semi-quantitative’ approach. International Journal of Inclusive Education. https://doi.org/10.1080/13603116.2018.1447613
Outcomes from Flexible Learning Options for disenfranchised youth: What counts?
te Riele, Kitty, Wilson, Kimberley, Wallace, Valda, McGinty, Sue and Lewthwaite, Brian. (2017) Outcomes from Flexible Learning Options for disenfranchised youth: What counts? International Journal of Inclusive Education. 21(2), pp. 117 - 130. https://doi.org/10.1080/13603116.2016.1168878
Distance travelled: outcomes and evidence in flexible learning options
Thomas, Joseph, McGinty, Sue, te Riele, Kitty and Wilson, Kimberley. (2017) Distance travelled: outcomes and evidence in flexible learning options. The Australian Educational Researcher. 44(43224), pp. 443 - 460. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13384-017-0239-6
Challenging normative assumptions regarding disengaged youth: a phenomenological perspective
Lewthwaite, Brian, Wilson, Kimberley, Wallace, Valda, McGinty, Sue and Swain, Luke. (2017) Challenging normative assumptions regarding disengaged youth: a phenomenological perspective. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education. 30(4), pp. 388 - 405. https://doi.org/10.1080/09518398.2016.1252867
Expecting the unexpected: Engaging diverse young people in conversations around science
Wilson, Kimberley and Alloway, Todd. (2013) Expecting the unexpected: Engaging diverse young people in conversations around science. Australian Educational Researcher. 40(2), pp. 195 - 206. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13384-012-0084-6
Development and validation of a brief screening instrument for psychosocial risk associated with genetic testing : A pan-canadian cohort study
Esplen, M, Cappelli, M, Wong, Jenica, Bottorff, Joan, Hunter, J, Carroll, June, Dorval, M, Wilson, B, Allanson, J and Semotiuk, K. (2013) Development and validation of a brief screening instrument for psychosocial risk associated with genetic testing : A pan-canadian cohort study. BMJ Open. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2012-002227
Exploring ICT integration as a tool to engage young people at a flexible learning centre
Wilson, Kimberley Luanne and Boldeman, Suzi Ursula. (2012) Exploring ICT integration as a tool to engage young people at a flexible learning centre. Journal of Science Education and Technology. 21(6), pp. 661 - 668. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10956-011-9355-7
Chronic kidney disease stressors influence choice of dialysis modality
Harwood, L, Wilson, B, Sontrop, J and Clark, Alexander. (2012) Chronic kidney disease stressors influence choice of dialysis modality. Journal of Advanced Nursing. 68(11), pp. 2454 - 2465. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2648.2012.05943.x
The family meeting addressing spiritual and psychosocial needs in a palliative care setting :usefulness and challenges to implementation
Tan, Heather Margaret, Wilson, Anne, Olver, Ian and Barton, Christopher. (2011) The family meeting addressing spiritual and psychosocial needs in a palliative care setting :usefulness and challenges to implementation. Progress in Palliative Care. 19(2), pp. 66 - 72. https://doi.org/10.1179/1743291X11Y.0000000001
The experience of palliative patients and their families of a family meeting utilised as an instrument for spiritual and psychosocial care: A qualitative study
Tan, Heather M., Wilson, Anne, Olver, Ian and Barton, Christopher. (2011) The experience of palliative patients and their families of a family meeting utilised as an instrument for spiritual and psychosocial care: A qualitative study. BMC Palliative Care. 10(7), pp. 1 - 12. https://doi.org/10.1186/1472-684X-10-7
Re-engaging young people with education and training: What are the alternatives?
Wilson, Kimberley, Stemp, Kellie and McGinty, Sue. (2011) Re-engaging young people with education and training: What are the alternatives? Youth Studies Australia. 30(4), pp. 32 - 39.
Recruiting palliative patients for a large qualitative study : some ethical considerations and staff dilemmas
Tan, Heather Margaret, Wilson, Anne, Olver, Ian and Barton, Christopher. (2010) Recruiting palliative patients for a large qualitative study : some ethical considerations and staff dilemmas. Explore: The Journal of Science & Healing. 6(3), pp. 159 - 165. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.explore.2010.03.008
Ricoeur's theory of interpretation: An instrument for data interpretation in hermeneutic phenomenology
Tan, Heather Margaret, Wilson, Anne and Olver, Ian. (2009) Ricoeur's theory of interpretation: An instrument for data interpretation in hermeneutic phenomenology. International Journal of Qualitative Methods. 8(4), pp. 1 - 15. https://doi.org/10.1177/160940690900800401