Innovation and entrepreneurship as economic change agents: the role of STEM education in Australia

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    Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) are considered by most western countries as the key areas for ensuring economic prosperity into the future. The recent establishment in Australia of the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science (DIIS) along with a new National Innovation and Science Agenda indicate that political goodwill and policy is aligned to create and drive innovation and entrepreneurship. So what is the role of STEM education in this emerging directive? In our view, STEM education is pivotal in ensuring that our future thinkers are responsive and adaptable to emerging opportunities and challenges. Yet, an analysis of government policy highlights a fairly traditional view regarding the role of STEM education in supporting the broader ideas around innovation and entrepreneurship. This theoretical position paper interrogates emerging Australian policy to explore how the role of STEM education is conceived in these new government directives.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationConexão Ciência
    EditorsGillian Kidman
    Place of PublicationFormiga Brazil
    PublisherCentro Universitário de Formiga
    Number of pages5
    Publication statusPublished - 15 Dec 2017
    EventInternational Organization for Science and Technology Education International Symposium 2016 - Institute of Education of UM, Braga, Portugal
    Duration: 11 Jul 201616 Jul 2016
    Conference number: XVII

    Publication series

    NameConexão Ciência
    PublisherCentro Universitário de Formiga
    ISSN (Electronic)1980-7058


    ConferenceInternational Organization for Science and Technology Education International Symposium 2016
    Abbreviated titleIOSTE International Symposium 2016
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    • STEM Education
    • Innovation
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Creativity
    • Policy

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