ACSA Webinars
Creativity in the Arts

Pam Burnard, Professor of Arts,  Creativities and Educations, Cambridge University, UK

From STEM to STE(A)M Education: Why sciences and arts creativities matter for future-making education

Wednesday 18 May 2022 7-8pm AEST

Pam Burnard

Our global community is at a pivotal juncture caught between a future of environmental and social instability on the one hand, and one of technological and technocratic determinism on the other. This requires us to rethink how we understand, articulate and action education. The movement from STEM to STE(A)M across education policy and practice highlights the intra-action between the sciences and the arts and the potential of transdisciplinary creativities and pedagogies to excite, inspire and deepen our understanding of who we are in and of the world and how we make sense of our world. But the benefits of STEAM education remain under-theorised and inequitably distributed, for STEAM education remains a complex and highly contested construct. In this talk I will provide a case for repositioning and reconfiguring Arts in STEM so that STEAM education becomes democratised enactments where arts and sciences are not separate or even separable endeavours. I will draw upon the critical knowledges and creativities of scientists, artists and educators, working in and across industry and education, as evidence to develop greater understanding of the contribution of education across the arts and sciences and to re-imagine our collective futures.

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