My longstanding interest in the role of the arts in learning includes a more recent focus upon the sciences, often defined as STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). Instigated through Creative Partnerships, and intensified in recent years firstly through Highly Sprung’s Commotion this has been furthered particularly through The Imagineerium.
The British Educational Research Association (BERA) recognised growing interest in STEAM education, in awarded a small grant for an inter-disciplinary team to undertake a Research Commission 2015-2017: Reviewing the potential and challenges of developing STEAM education through creative pedagogies for 21st learning: how can school curricula be broadened towards a more responsive, dynamic, and inclusive form of education? A series of presentations, conversations and debates on dimensions explored by the commission are captured on a steamresearch website. The report is currently available here, but will be launched officially by BERA in November 2017 alongside a series of short articles in Research Intelligence, including The potential of the A in STEAM for Curriculum Development. The commission has received international interest: with report endorsements from Argentina, Italy, Estonia and New Zealand; as an invited symposium at NZARE in Wellington, New Zealand 2016; and as a symposium at the European Curriculum Conference, in Stirling in 2017.