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Towards ensuring a STEM workforce: Engaging industry to inspire and foster real‐world STEM teacher learning

Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) are seen as essential for Australia to remain competitive in the global economy. However STEM participation and achievement are not keeping pace with projected demands for STEM‐skilled workers. Many teachers feel ill‐equipped to deliver learning experiences that foster students’ interest in STEM careers. Greater industry engagement is needed to ensure STEM is taught in ways that model real‐world practice.

Edith Cowan University is partnering with Westfarmers Chemicals, Energy and Fertilisers to address this issue. The aim of this project is to assess the effectiveness and longer term viability of a STEM professional learning model that integrates industry engagement, inquiry learning approaches, authentic STEM content aligned to future STEM workforce requirements in WA, and an online community of practice.

Funding agency

ECU – Industry Collaboration Scheme

Project duration

October 2016 - October 2017


Dr Julia Morris
Ms Julie Boston
Professor David McKinnon
Dr Michael Fitzgerald
Associate Professor Geoffrey Lummis
Dr Kuki Singh

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