A CROSS-SECTORAL APPROACH TO STEM EDUCATION: A MULTI-PERSPECTIVE DESIGN

Authors

  • Jelena Zascerinska Centre for Education and Innovation Research
  • Anastasija Aleksejeva Centre for Education and  Innovation Research
  • Mihails Zascerinskis Centre for Education and Innovation Research
  • Irina Abjalkiene Centre for Education and Innovation Research

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.17770/sie2022vol1.6817

Keywords:

all language as the unity, conceptual change, cross-sectoral approach, digitalized educational process, educational contents, OST (out-of-school time) providers, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics)

Abstract

The complexity of the STEM education ecosystem at all the educational levels has been risen by the COVID-19 pandemic. The search for a sustainable ecosystem leads to the cross-sectoral approach to STEM education. A sustainable STEM education ecosystem is also characterized by the coherence between the STEM education levels. The research aims at creating a theoretical model of the multi-perspective design of STEM education within a cross-sectoral approach for identifying the implications for further research on the cross-sectoral STEM education. The qualitative research was carried out. Research data were collected through the analysis of published research works. Content analysis was used for the analysis of the collected data. The theoretical novelty of the cross-sectoral STEM education is indicated: the structure and phases of STEM Education implementation and multi-perspective design. The exploratory research allows widening the traditional boundaries of the STEM education (teacher-content-student) with the concepts of educational discipline, conceptual change, all language as the unity, the digitalised educational process, and the cross-sectoral approach. The research is novel in the implications for further research on the cross-sectoral STEM education.

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Author Biographies

  • Jelena Zascerinska, Centre for Education and Innovation Research
    Jeļena Zaščerinska received the diploma in Russian Philology in 1994 from the Daugavpils University, Daugavpils, Latvia, Master Degree in English Philology in 2002 from the University of Latvia, Riga, Latvia. In 2011 she was awarded Dr. paed. Degree for her promotion thesis “Development of Students’ Communicative Competence in English studies for Academic Purposes” focused on the evaluation of efficiency of the process of the development of students’ communicative competence within English for Academic Purposes studies. In January 2012 she became a leading researcher at the Centre for Education and Innovation Research, Riga, Latvia. In 2012 Jeļena Zaščerinska was bestowed expert rights by the Latvian Council of Science, Riga, Latvia and by Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency, Brussels, Belgium. In 2012 Jeļena Zaščerinska was awarded a research grant for young scientists from the German Academic Exchange Service (Deutscher Academischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD) for the research project “Latvia’s Perspective in the Tempus Project ECDEAST: A Model-Driven Comparative Analysis of Engineering Curricula” implemented at Hochschule Wismar, University of Applied Sciences, Technology, Business and Design, Wismar, Germany, duration: 1 June – 30 November 2012. In 2012 Jeļena Zaščerinska was awarded a research grant for post-doctoral researchers from the „Triple I - Integration, Interaction and Institutions” of the ERASMUS MUNDUS Action 2-Strand 1 of the European Community Mobility Programme for the research project “English for Academic Purposes Studies: A Model Driven Comparative Analysis via Mixed Method Approach in Latvia and Russia” implemented at the Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University, Kaliningrad, Russia, duration: December 1, 2012 – September 30, 2013. In 2013 Jeļena Zaščerinska was awarded a research grant for research stays for university academics and scientists from the German Academic Exchange Service (Deutscher Academischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD) for the research project “Educating the Engineer 2013: Advance 21st Century Innovation in Engineering Curriculum” implemented at Hochschule Wismar, University of Applied Sciences, Technology, Business and Design, Wismar, Germany, duration: 1-31 January 2014. The major results of joint research activities were reflected in a number of publications and international conferences. In December 2013 Jeļena Zaščerinska was bestowed expert rights by Horizon 2020 – the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, the European Commission, Brussels, Belgium. In June 2013 she was appointed as the Editorial Board Member and Reviewer, International Journal of Modern Education Forum (IJMEF). Dr. Jeļena Zaščerinska is a member of the international research team which carried out an extensive research on integration of the results of interdisciplinary research into higher education and presented the research results in a number of joint publications. Her main field of research interest comprises cognitive linguistics, linguistic semantics and pragmatics, entrepreneurship education, teacher education as well as interdisciplinary (linguistic and engineering) research.
  • Anastasija Aleksejeva, Centre for Education and  Innovation Research
    BA student
  • Mihails Zascerinskis, Centre for Education and Innovation Research
    BA student
  • Irina Abjalkiene, Centre for Education and Innovation Research
    BA student

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2022-05-19