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STEM Becomes STEAM: Educational Innovation in the 21st Century

STEM Becomes STEAM: Educational Innovation in the 21st Century
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Author(s): Dana L. Smerda-Mason (Bayonne Board of Education, USA)
Copyright: 2021
Pages: 17
Source title: Emerging Realities and the Future of Technology in the Classroom
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Inaya Jaafar (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, USA) and James M. Pedersen (Delaware Valley University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-6480-6.ch004


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Education has seen many changes as we move into the 21st century. Students have been traditionally educated to contribute as specialists in the STEM fields, and now the needs to be prepared for the future are changing and driving educational transformation. The procurement of employment is no longer reliant on a set of specific skills and routines; instead, people in the workforce are being asked to collaborate and innovate solutions and processes. Educators are tasked with integrating more of the design and creative processes through arts integration, which helps students learn how to be confident learners and future contributors to the modern workforce. Throughout this chapter, the author explores the historical arch of these recent changes that brought the arts into STEAM, as well as changes related to gender and innovation in the STEAM fields as society enters the 21st century, and computer science contributions to the classroom.

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