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Why STEM practices should be taught across the entire curriculum

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There is a considerable gap in resources and achievement levels within schools from different socio-economic communities, and STEM is at risk of becoming a source of even greater inequality in education.

The report, STEM Education for all young Australians, commissioned by Social Ventures Australia in partnership with Samsung Electronics Australia and authored by University of Canberra Centenary Professor Tom Lowrie, calls for an approach that actively responds to the needs of children and their communities.

To do this, Australia needs to teach the STEM practices that underpin STEM, rather than focus on content knowledge.

This approach means students see STEM in action in day-to-day situations, and schools do not necessarily require extra resources.

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