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Does the rise of STEM education mean the demise of sustainability education?


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Smith, C and Watson, J ORCID: 0000-0002-6001-7248 2019 , 'Does the rise of STEM education mean the demise of sustainability education?' , Australian Journal of Environmental Education, vol. 29, no. 1 , pp. 1-11 , doi: 10.1017/aee.2018.51.

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In this article, we outline the key principles of education for sustainability (EfS) that enable us to question the enthusiastic and uncritical promotion of STEM (science, mathematics, engineering and technology) and its offshoot, STEM education, as key contributors to an environmentally sustainable future. We examine the framing of STEM and STEM education as situated in an unproblematised, neoliberal growthist paradigm, in contrast to the more critical ecological paradigm of EfS. We conclude that STEM, and hence STEM education, need to include critical reflection and futures perspectives if they are to align themselves with a flourishing economic, social and environmental future. We provide examples for the classroom that illustrate our contention.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Smith, C and Watson, J
Keywords: STEM, sustainability, education
Journal or Publication Title: Australian Journal of Environmental Education
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISSN: 0814-0626
DOI / ID Number: 10.1017/aee.2018.51
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