STEM education book a resource for Asian and Pacific nations

February 25, 2021
Current Practice and Issues for Improvement in STEM Education up to K12 in Asia and the Pacific
The Australian chapter in the book covers STEM education in Australia, challenges and vision for improvement, and the Academy’s involvement in STEM education.

A recently published online book, Current Practice and Issues for Improvement in STEM Education up to K12 in Asia and the Pacific, includes a chapter on Australian STEM education contributed by the Australian Academy of Science. The publication, an initiative of the Association of Academies and Societies of Sciences in Asia (AASSA), has ten chapters including from China, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea and Thailand. The Academy contribution was co-authored by the Academy Fellow and Secretary for Education, Professor Hans Bachor and Education Director, Ms Claudette Bateup.

President of AASSA, Professor Yoo Hang Kim from the Korean Academy of Science and Technology, wrote at the start of the book:

“To be successful in STEM education, carefully prepared curricula, well trained educators and adequate resources are essential. There are 33 member academies from 30 countries in AASSA. The level of preparedness and maturity of STEM education vary country by country. This is the reason why AASSA initiated this project. It is my wish that, through this book, we can learn from each other and improve STEM education in general in Asia and the Pacific region.”

The Australian chapter covers STEM education in Australia, challenges and vision for improvement, and the Academy’s involvement in STEM education. It reports that science, technology and innovation will play an increasingly important role in resolving challenges and creating prosperity.

“Today’s STEM students, supported by inspired and confident STEM teachers, can become the STEM professionals we will rely on to respond to and solve future critical challenges such as the COVID-19 global pandemic.”

To find out more about how the Academy supports school teachers and students in science and mathematics, contact education@science.org.au.  

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