Subject details

  • Topics
    • What is STEM? Definitions and trends involving STEM education
    • The nature of learning and teaching in STEM - philosophical debates
    • Learning theories (individual constructivism) in STEM
    • Learning theories (social constructivism) in STEM
    • Teaching approaches (inquiry-based, problem-based, project-oriented teaching) in STEM
    • Teaching approaches (interdisciplinary education) in STEM
    • Designing a learning activity for constructivist learning in STEM
    • Designing a learning activity for constructivist learning in STEM
    • Ways to understand students' learning (interview and diagnostic instruments) in STEM
    • Ways to reflect on teaching (video recording and journals)
    • Contexts, achievements gaps, and current issues in teaching and learning STEM subjects
    • Individual presentation of STEM projects and reflection of the unit
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Audio/Video conferencing
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Embedded Multimedia
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Leacture capture
      • Standard Media
      • Streaming Multimedia
      • Web links
    • Online Materials
      • Resources and Links
      • Online Assessment
      • FAQs
      • Audio-Video streaming

At the completion of this subject students will be able to:

  1. appraise different learning theories and discuss benefits for teaching and learning STEM subjects
  2. critique personal teaching and learning practice in STEM subjects in light of knowledge of learning theories, learners, and context
  3. design and implement a constructivist learning activity and evaluate students’ learning in STEM subjects.
  • Assignment 1 - Literature Review (50%)
  • Assignment 2 - Research Project Report (50%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject

Entry Requirements

Equivalent Subjects

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • CUR-SMEC611

Special requirements

  • EquipmentDetails - Audio/Visual equipment
  • OtherDetails -
    • Additional materials

Constructivist learning theories provide a valuable window into supporting deep understanding and fostering inquiring minds. This subject examines how constructivist theory informs Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) teaching and learning by focusing on the practical, classroom-based implications as well as theoretical backgrounds.

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