STEM: Efforts to inspire more children could be entrenching educational inequalities

phys | August 23, 2019

Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education is a priority for governments around the world. For example, the UK's current commitment to increasing investment in research and development to 2.4% of GDP by 2027 means that we need to train 260,000 more researchers to carry out this work. There has long been a perceived shortage in such skills and knowledge. And this drives policy measures in education, skills and immigration to address the situation. In their STEM strategies, governments are increasingly focused on addressing the large disparities in participation between different social groups. For example, in the UK only 15% of scientists come from working-class households, just 7% of patents are filed by women, and among start-up founders men outnumber women four to one. The problem is often discussed in terms of a "leaky pipeline," the idea that potential STEM professionals are lost at particular points along defined pathways.

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Is edtech at the head of your class? Technology plays a key role in the teaching and learning taking place in classrooms around the world today. But without proper planning, these educational tools may not be used to their full potential. Below are five simple ways to overcome common hurdles and ensure that your next tech implementation is a success.

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Is edtech at the head of your class? Technology plays a key role in the teaching and learning taking place in classrooms around the world today. But without proper planning, these educational tools may not be used to their full potential. Below are five simple ways to overcome common hurdles and ensure that your next tech implementation is a success.

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