ERIC Number: EJ1091563
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Mar
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STEM Education: A Deficit Framework for the Twenty First Century? A Sociocultural Socioscientific Response
Zeidler, Dana L.
Cultural Studies of Science Education, v11 n1 p11-26 Mar 2016
The ubiquitous of STEM education initiatives in recent years has created a bandwagon that has moved at nearly light speed. The impulse of the science education community and policy-makers is to grab hold for dear life or be marginalized from subsequent discussions about the necessity and consequences of using STEM initiatives to prepare and inform our next generation of citizens. This commentary questions the prudence of STEM-related science education goals, as typically represented and discussed in the literature, and likens the current practice to a deficit framework. A sociocultural perspective framed through socioscientific considerations is offered as an alternative conceptualization as well as surplus model to hegemonic STEM practices.
Descriptors: STEM Education, Sociocultural Patterns, Models, Science Education, Cultural Influences, Social Influences, Science and Society, Scientific Literacy
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