Evaluate the ways we teach science, technology, engineering and mathematics in schools. Explore misconceptions in learning, how research affects teaching, and strategies for change management. Challenge your own practice as a STEM educator.
Through our part-time masters degree, you’ll explore learning and classroom practice in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects.
You’ll focus on your practice and bring examples from where you work to sessions, and discuss your issues and thoughts with fellow students.
You’ll also question your existing views on STEM education. We will challenge you to think about your role and question aspects such as: How can you develop your practice? What could you change? What possibilities are there to generate innovation?
Some of the topics you’ll explore include the role of gender within STEM education, how students establish belief systems, and solving problems in a real-life context. You’ll consider some of the counter-intuitive ideas that students need to confront within STEM subjects, such as air having weight or dots changing colour using a filter.
Your final assessment is typically a field-based research project, which you’ll carry out in the educational setting you work in. The project involves planning, conducting and evaluating practical research in a topic of your choosing.
Past research topics have included the balance between mathematics and concept development in A level physics, teacher identity in STEM, and game-based learning in science.