Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Full STEAM Ahead

Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Full STEAM Ahead

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THIS MONTH WE'RE INTRODUCING a new publication from the staff of THE Journal and Campus Technology: STEAM Universe (

This is a natural outgrowth from our flagship education publications for both K-12 and higher education and a reflection of the positive direction in which we think education is heading.

Education policy has as been on a roller coaster ride through the last three administrations, with both Democrats and Republicans pushing "reforms" on educators without a whole lot of consistency or predictability (or regard for the mission of education, for that matter).

But through it all, there have been some positives within these turbulent reform years.

Chief among those in my mind is the growing push for STEM and STEAM education--a push that transcends party affiliation and that brings with it a chance for educators to get creative with teaching and learning without being hampered by the constraints imposed by other reforms.

Now, STEM is nothing new as far as national educational priorities go. For decades, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) has been proclaimed a critical component for increasing global economic (and political) competitiveness.

But the addition of the arts to create STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) takes it to a new level. STEAM is more than just a set of arbitrary requirements to teach certain standards or cram a set of facts into students' heads in preparation for a test It's an approach to teaching and learning that takes the best aspects of STEM--scientific inquiry', project-based learning, real-world applications of technology--and fuses them together with the creativity of the arts, which can include visual and performing arts, textiles, fashion and much more. …

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