2018 - 2019
Tasmanian Department of Education
The STEAM Horizons professional learning initiative found its genesis in a group of Arts education/industry collaborators wanting to make visible and celebrate outstanding STEAM education practice happening across Tasmanian DoE schools. The express purpose of the STEAM Horizons pilot professional learning event was to showcase practice and allow teachers to get a sense of the various shapes STEAM pedagogy and practice is (organically) taking across the Tasmanian education context. Arising from a University of Tasmania (UTAS) College of Arts, Law and Education (CALE) Hothouse Grant Scheme, academics working across the Schools of Education and Creative Arts and Media brokered a wider professional learning collaborative project with the Tasmanian Department of Education (DoE).
In September 2018, the STEAM Horizons Collaborative delivered an initial pilot implementation activity, a multi-site streamed professional learning event (The STEAM Horizons Symposium) for a group of 70 teachers across Tasmania. Streaming from and across face to face school venues in the north, south, and north west, the STEAM Horizons professional learning collaborative team delivered an event which (initial evaluation suggests) successfully empowered teachers and students through showcasing the ways in which teachers around the state are enacting STEAM teaching and learning in their respective school contexts. A further symposium is planned for 2019, which will focus on meeting the needs of Tasmanian teachers in K-12 STEM education.
Research project team:
Professor Kit Wise (RMIT)
Dr Abbey Macdonald, Professor Natalie Brown (UTAS)
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