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Francis, Krista; Bruce, Cathy; Davis, Brent; Drefs, Michelle; Hallowell, David; Hawes, Zachary; McGarvey, Lynn; Moss, Joan; Mulligan, Joanne; Okamoto, Yukari; Sinclair, Nathalie; Whiteley, Walter; Woolcott, Geoff – Canadian Journal of Science, Mathematics and Technology Education, 2017
Spatial reasoning plays a vital role in choice of and success in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers, yet the topic is scarce in grade school curricula. We conjecture that this absence may be due to limited knowledge of how spatial reasoning is discussed and engaged across STEM professions. This study aimed to address…
Descriptors: Children, Robotics, Coding, Spatial Ability
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Shanahan, Marie-Claire; Carol-Ann Burke, Lydia E.; Francis, Krista – Canadian Journal of Science, Mathematics and Technology Education, 2016
The term "STEM," used to describe science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, has come to prominence in Canada over the last decade, raising questions about its meaning. Here we examine its history in the United States and the sociopolitical commitments that have, in parallel, guided science education in Canada. The divergent…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Foreign Countries, Science Teachers, Teaching Methods