ERIC Number: EJ1048829
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Nov
Reference Count: 30
Steam as Social Practice: Cultivating Creativity in Transdisciplinary Spaces
Guyotte, Kelly W.; Sochacka, Nicki W.; Costantino, Tracie E.; Walther, Joachim; Kellam, Nadia N.
Art Education, v67 n6 p12-19 Nov 2014
Recently there have been calls to expandSTEM education to include the arts and design, transforming STEM into STEAM in the K-20 classroom (Maeda, 2013). Like STEM, STEAM education stresses making connections between disciplines that were previously perceived as disparate. This has been conceptualized in different ways, such as: focusing on the creative design process that is fundamental to engineering and art (Bequette & Bequette, 2012); emphasizing the role of creative and synthetic thinking to enhance student interest and learning in science and mathematics; and showing the value in exploring the science and mathematics that underpin different artistic techniques (Wynn & Harris, 2012). In this article, the authors describe how a collaboration between art education, engineering, and landscape architecture led them to conceptualize STEAM as a social practice that reflects concerns for community engagement and ecological sustainability.
Descriptors: Creativity, Interdisciplinary Approach, STEM Education, Art Education, Art Teachers, Social Justice, Art Activities, Art Expression, Science and Society, Educational Practices, Studio Art, Educational Experience, Higher Education, Teaching Methods, Learning Activities
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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