The M in STEM and Issues of Data Literacy

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Abstract

This article examines post-pandemic scenarios that combine an emerging research agenda with three distinct topics relevant to the changing requirements of education systems worldwide: STEM education, mathematical thinking, and data literacy. In addition, how these topics are collectively positioned within the context of the digital environment is discussed. We examine the social usefulness of data literacy as may be embedded within a STEM paradigm and consider it as reaching beyond this paradigm into domains of civics and ethics. We propose that a meaningful strategy on ‘data literacy’ requires complex practical development and a curriculum presence explicitly within the Mathematics content area and across all STEM subjects, while also aligned to skills development typically associated with 21st century education together with emergent skills now associated with the fourth industrial revolution. In a similar way to how computational thinking has emerged as reaching beyond the formalities of computer science, the ‘M’ in STEM in this paper signifies ‘mathematical thinking’ is relevant beyond the discipline of Mathematics.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication29th International Conference on Computers in Education Conference, ICCE 2021 - Proceedings
EditorsMaria Mercedes T. Rodrigo, Sridhar Iyer, Antonija Mitrovic, Hercy N. H. Cheng, Dan Kohen-Vacs, Camillia Matuk, Agnieszka Palalas, Ramkumar Rajenran, Kazuhisa Seta, Jingyun Wang
Place of PublicationTaiwan
PublisherAsia-Pacific Society for Computers in Education
Pages632-637
Number of pages6
Volume1
ISBN (Electronic)9789869721479
Publication statusPublished - 22 Nov 2021
Event29th International Conference on Computers in Education Conference, ICCE 2021 - Virtual, Online
Duration: 22 Nov 202126 Nov 2021

Publication series

Name29th International Conference on Computers in Education Conference, ICCE 2021 - Proceedings
Volume1

Conference

Conference29th International Conference on Computers in Education Conference, ICCE 2021
CityVirtual, Online
Period22/11/2126/11/21

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