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STEM Knowledge Networks: joint NCETM/National Stem Centre projects


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Last updated 05 July 2012 by ncetm_administrator

Introduction

The National STEM Centre in partnership with the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM) was keen to encourage teachers in schools and colleges to form STEM Knowledge Networks. These networks, or communities of professional learning, could be within a single school or college, or drawn from several establishments.

STEM Knowledge Networks had:

  • a specific area of interest;
  • an underlying focus on sharing STEM curriculum knowledge and pedagogy;
  • involvement in reflection on teachers' professional practice during the lifetime of the project;
  • networks of colleagues from across STEM subject areas.

STEM Knowledge Networks were supported through regular contact with the National STEM Centre and the Regional Coordinator for the NCETM.

Themes

The National STEM Centre and the NCETM identified a list of focus areas for STEM KNs:

  • coordinating the teaching of common content areas in the STEM curriculum across a year group/key stage
  • embedding links to STEM career opportunities within schemes of work for STEM subjects
  • exploring the different experiences of learners in different STEM subjects
  • exploring the STEM experiences of learners at primary and secondary level
  • exploring the role of specific mathematics skills (e.g. algebra, data handling) in Science, Technology and Engineering
  • the use of the National STEM Centre resource collections to support collaborative STEM teaching and learning
  • using ICT to encourage collaboration between STEM subjects
  • exploring the impact of STEM events/clubs on teachers' practice in the classroom.

West Midlands STEM Knowledge Networks

As a pilot four STEM Knowledge Networks were funded in the West Midlands region in 2010, in preparation for a more extensive programme throughout the country.

Funding for these projects have now closed, and we are no longer accepting any further applications. Details of current funding can be found on the Funded Projects page.
 

 
 
 
 
 

 


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