ACSA Webinars
Term 3

Jane Hunter, Associate Professor focused on research, engagement and innovation, School of International Studies & Education, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, University of Technology Sydney

High Possibility STEM Classrooms in Australia: Fact or fiction?

Tuesday 20 July 2021 7-8pm AEST

Jane Hunter


This webinar will focus on what is required to build teacher agency in integrated approaches to teaching and learning in 'High Possibility STEM Classrooms'. It foregrounds mixed methods research data from studies conducted in 14 schools in language diverse, disadvantaged, and urbanized communities in Australia. The research is presented through a conversation with participants that shares a globally oriented, contemporary framework for powerful, Integrated STEM. The conceptions of the High Possibility Classrooms framework named as theory, creativity, life preparation, public leaning and contextual accommodations supported teacher to create hands-on, inquiry-led, and project-based approaches to Integrated STEM education in their classrooms.

Three case studies form the basis of a fresh proposition for Integrated STEM in schools that places pedagogy at the center of practice - especially in K-6 classrooms. How does this translate into a valuable and effective approach to Integrated STEM for researchers, school leaders , teachers and students? Creating what Hunter calls 'High Possibility STEM School' involved 10 directions in a new blueprint for Australian education that supports the prioritization of Integrated STEM to emphasize more transdisciplinary approaches and less soiled education. Talk in this webinar will examine not only STEM and STEAM but middle leadership, technological literacies and assessment within contemporary K-12 classrooms.

AITSL Standards Addressed:
1.3 Students with diverse linguistic, cultural, religious and socioeconomic backgrounds
1.5 Differentiate teaching to meet the specific leaning needs of students across the full range of abilities
2.1 Content and teaching strategies of the teaching area
2.2 Content selection and organisation
2.3 Curriculum, assessment and reporting
2.6 Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
3.2 Plan, structure and sequence learning programs
3.3 Use teaching strategies
4.1 Support student participation
6.2 Engage in professional learning and improve practice
6.3 Engage with colleagues and improve practice
6.4 Apply professional leaning and improve student learning
7.4 Engage with professional teaching networks and broader communities