Chair: Prof. Nancy LAW, Faculty of Education, The University of Hong Kong
Scientists, education policymakers and science education scholars in mainland China are working together to explore the theories and ways to promote progress of science education in order to meet the needs of the national talent strategy. STEM education as a new form of science education which addresses key 21st century competences, is gradually expanding. However, the function and purpose of STEM education are still not explicit, there are difficulties in curriculum design and teaching implementation, and the support system needs to be improved as well. What competences STEM education should focus on is arousing a heated discussion. In this seminar, a STEM competence framework (with three axis including domain knowledge, transversal competence and personality) will be introduced, and several challenges in STEM education will be discussed, including school-based curriculum development, learning process design, and teacher professional competency and so on.
Dr. PEI Xinning is a professor of science education and the Co-director of the Learning Sciences Center (LSC) at East China Normal University (ECNU). She has been engaged in research and teaching of science education and has been principal investigators or coordinators of over ten international and national research projects. She is an author or translator of more than ten books as well as an author of dozens of articles and is known for her research work in K-12 science education and instructional design.