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Engaging the future of STEM: a study of international best practice for promoting the participation of young people, particularly girls, in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM)

Highlights the need to address the science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) pipeline in Australia, where the number of young people choosing STEM subjects is in decline and females are underrepresented in STEM education and careers. Focuses on the role of stakeholders in the STEM ecosystem in other countries including government, peak organisations, tertiary education providers, and early childhood, primary and secondary education. Notes that key components of a successful STEM strategy include: coordinated collaboration between stakeholders; a shared vision, priorities and common language around STEM; and sustainable inclusive education and engagement for all STEM fields from early childhood through to professional leadership. Identifies key areas for action including developing an industry-funded national project to build capacity of practising STEM teacher professions and maximising opportunities for engagement, inspiration and building the aspirations of girls by establishing a Celebration of STEM Women.


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Chapman, Sarah; Vivian, Rebecca
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