The STEM Alliance publishes the “ICT in STEM Education – Impact and Challenges - On Schools, Administration and Private Sector”

This publication assesses what are the impacts and challenges of ICT in STEM teaching and learning, from the viewpoint of the stakeholders involved, including schools, the administration and the private sector. It provides with suggestions and guidelines for these stakeholders interested in promoting ICT in STEM education at primary and secondary school level.

In particular, the report focuses on how Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education can improve with the help of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) tools; especially those promoted by the variety of stakeholders concerned with the educational benefits of technology for STEM subjects and for society at large. 

In this report, some of the main actors concerned with the integration of ICT in STEM education are analysed by means of a literature review (school, administration and the private sector) while highlighting findings, recommendations and challenges for each sector. Here are some of the main findings and recommendations:

On Schools:

  • School-wide initiatives to promote ICT in STEM are more successful. STEM curricula should be developed to integrate technology and promote critical reflection and renewed pedagogies.
  • Successful ‘ICT pilot schools' apply pedagogical innovations related to ICT and agree about visions and aims. For optimum results, we need to promote school-wide incorporation of ICT and take into account other schools' experiences regarding obstacles to ICT development.

On Administration:

  • A large number of mainstream barriers to ICT deployment have been identified, including teacher, school, technical and administrative elements. To solve this, further actions should target the broadest group of students and teachers, build credible control groups and evaluate impacts.
  • Education systems need to accredit teacher training offered outside formal pre-service and CPD systems (like MOOCs and company programmes). In addition, teacher training should be compulsory and continuous

On Private Sector:

  • Multi-stakeholder approaches lead to more fruitful outcomes. Projects are abundant and take as starting points groups of experts or new technologies, and target-specific segments (children, girls, etc.). Teacher training is successfully addressed from the private sector also
  • We should increase public/private partnerships with publishers and ICT companies for developing teachers' online communities for content creation and for sharing of experiences

This report is part of the "ICT in STEM Education – Impact and Challenges" series, which represents the continuous effort that the STEM Alliance and its partners have put together in providing suggestions and guidelines for all stakeholders interested in promoting ICT in STEM education at all schools level. These reports are published by the STEM Alliance, a joint initiative of 15 major companies, coordinated by European Schoolnet and CSR Europe.

Improving maths and science education and inspiring young people to study and pursue careers in STEM fields will require vision and commitment by government and education leaders and support from industry.  

"It is essential for schools to be able to develop an integrated STEM education strategy enabling them to effectively leverage any isolated initiative lead by individual teachers. It is also important that the school's overall STEM education strategy fosters an open approach, particularly in engaging with industry on joint cooperation activities" said Marc Durando, Executive Director of European Schoolnet.

"This new publication provides key insights on how businesses can better contribute to the teaching of STEM education through ICT" says Stefan Crets, Executive Director of CSR Europe. "There is a need to include companies in public actions at institutional, local, regional, national and European level, as companies have a pivotal role in effectively addressing the lack of resources in the education sector, for example by providing innovative and up-to-date teacher training.

For further findings, recommendation and challenges contained in the report for each specific section, click here.