Τhe iMuSciCA summer school introduces the Inquiry Based Science Education model (IBSE) through STEAM pedagogy in order to achieve Deeper Learning.
A few words about STEAM
STEAM stands for Science Technology Engineering Arts and Mathematics, though “A”, as the term keeps spreading the word of this innovative approach around Europe, tends to mean rather “All disciplines” in nowadays. STEAM pedagogy connects different disciplines with each other on an inquiry and collaborative manner. It brings new pedagogical methodologies in the classroom, with the use of state of the art educational technology tools. This way active, discovery-based, and more engaging learning can be facilitated, with opportunities for collaboration, co-creation and collective knowledge building. The iMuSciCA STEAM pedagogy will address different disciplines such as music, science/maths and engineering/technology. The STEAM pedagogy will let children play, discover and design within those disciplines.
The iMuSciCA STEAM pedagogy reflects the interdisciplinary nature of the STE(A)M world on a double dimension:
STEAM works on the transfer of concepts and skills from one content area to another, as it looks at the same concept in different ways and from different viewpoints. For example, proportional reasoning is usually learnt in mathematics with numbers and geometrical figures, while the concept of frequency of a sound played by a string provides a new field of experience of proportional reasoning.
A few words about IBSE and Deeper Learning
The iMuSciCA STEAM pedagogy will let students experience the interplay of the STEAM-fields by looking the same concepts through the discipline ‘glasses’ of music, science/math and the engineering/technology. In iMuSciCA, the traditional Inquiry Based Science Education (IBSE) phases are broadened so as to let room to activities usually not incorporated in science inquiry, like for instance the making/design phase which can occur both in engineering/technology and music.
The inclusion of concepts or practices from other subjects in iMuSciCA is intended to deepen the learning and the understanding of the targeted STEAM subjects. Deeper learning includes: (i) mastery of core academic content, (ii) critical thinking and problem-solving, (iii) working collaboratively in groups, (iv) communicating clearly and effectively, (v)·learning how to learn, and (vi) develop academic mindsets.
The nature of STEAM as an interdisciplinary subject, reflects exactly what we see in the real world, outside the classroom. In the real STE(A)M world in research institutes, innovative companies etc., people from different backgrounds collaborate together in interdisciplinary teams, in order to understand or design a new ‘whole’. Bringing STEAM to classroom requires a team of teachers from different backgrounds.
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