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ERIC Number: EJ997792
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Sep
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 8
ISSN: ISSN-0004-3125
Toward a STEM + Arts Curriculum: Creating the Teacher Team
Wynn, Toni; Harris, Juliette
Art Education, v65 n5 p42-47 Sep 2012
The acronym STEM--the teaching of science, technology, engineering, and math--now a familiar term in education, is evolving into STEAM--STEM plus "A" for art. Educational researcher Martin Storksdieck's studies have shown that infusing art into STEM allows for "a different way of perceiving and knowing and dealing with the world, as a means to expand the toolbox of science and engineering," that can also "free the scientist's and engineer's mind." STEAM is an opportunity for teachers to partner, learn, and teach about the many areas where art and STEM intersect. Paradoxically, as arts electives continue to be eliminated first in budgetary belt-tightening, and as parents continue to dissuade their children from majoring in art, the arts are being recognized as essential to innovation. Innovation, a hallmark of success in STEM and in art, drives quantum advances in all fields. Recognizing that the best art students are those with highly developed intellectual and technical skills, and the best science students are those whose creative imaginations have been nurtured, the authors explore the movement toward collaborating with STEM teachers.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A