To STEM or not to STEM? That is not the question

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Ulas Kubat
Ersan Guray


The aim of this study is to identify the faults in STEM education and to provide an approach to how these deficiencies can be eliminated.  The STEM approach can provide students with an interdisciplinary point of view to gain creativity, critical thinking, high level skills of thinking and problem solving.  STEM abbreviation consists of the initials of the words "Science", "Technology", "Engineering" and "Mathematics”. Conventional educational systems dictate student to learn specific topics separately and expect from them to make these knowledge and experience useful, functional in their life. In this research, qualitative research method was used. This study was performed by using document analysis method. In this study, the conventional educational system is criticized.  A noval, integrated education system called as STEM (Science, Techonology, Engineering and Mathematics) is investigated with its methodology and problems in application outcoming so far. The importance of such an integrated program is highlightened and some remedies to create an effective integrated education program are emphasized.


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