A series of connected curriculum areas that have teamed up to take advantage of the New Learning Renaissance is represented by the STEM subjects. The fact that Engineering, a subject not normally taught in secondary schools is included in this grouping gives some insights into the desire school based learning into practical, life based problem solving. For Engineering, above all is fundamentally concerned with designing solutions to real life problems by applying mathematical and scientific principles.
A meta-analysis of 250 studies of science, technology, engineering and math education lends strong support to active learning. According to the report – published this week – STEM students in purely lecture settings failed at a rate 55% higher than those in active learning that involved discussion, collaboration and other departures from listening and note-taking.
The advantages in terms of student engagement are outlined in this report: