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The Value and Meaning of STEAM Education and the Anna Craft Memorial Lecture

This event is hosted by four SIGs: STEAM Education, Creativities in Education, Arts-based Education, and Race and Ethnicity and Education Research.  It invites delegates to engage with a panel of academics spanning the Sciences and Arts to explore the following questions:

1.       What do we mean by STEAM?

2.       What interconnectivity between creativity, the arts and sciences does STEAM enable, (if ‘the sciences’ is accepted as a proxy for physics, biology, chemistry, technology, engineering and maths)?

3.       What benefits can an intersectional lens in STEAM bring to education?

4.       What is the value of STEAM for educators in practice?

Each of the panel members will record an 8/10-minute presentations in response to the provocation ‘What does STEAM education signify for you as an educator and educational researcher?’. These will be published online before the event, in early August.

Convenors will then facilitate a curated response from panel speakers to issues prompted from the recordings in responds to the questions.

Event participants will join a discussion group with panel speakers and SIG convenors. This is an opportunity to pursue questions and ideas and to help set the agenda for how the BERA SIGs take STEAM education research forward. We hope that this will form the first of many research setting collaborations.

It is anticipated that the open questions above will raise and initiate debate in a range of area such as inter/transdisciplinarity, intersectionality and inclusivity, cultures for and practices of learning with attention to the role of the arts, and the contribution of creativity in STEAM education.

Draft Programme:

14:00 Welcome and Introduction
Jo Trowsdale, Birmingham Newman University
14:10 Panel Discussion
Amanda McCrory, University College London
Victoria Kinsella, Birmingham City University
Hendra Agustian, University of Copenhagen
Saima Salehjee, University of Glasgow
Francesca Arrigoni, Kingston University
Rory McDonald, Liverpool John Moore’s University
Jo Trowsdale, Birmingham Newman University
Kerry Chappell, University of Exeter
Mark Boylan, Sheffield Hallam University
15:10 Participant Discussion Groups
15:40 Plenary
16:00 Break
16:15 Anna Craft Memorial Lecture
Pam Burnard, University of Cambridge
17:15 Event Close



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Jo Trowsdale, Dr

Senior Lecturer at Newman University

Jo’s research interests focus on artmaking as affective, physical and cognitive practices that have curriculum and life-wide value, including in STEAM (science, technology, arts, mathematics and engineering) education. She is currently...

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Victoria Kinsella, Dr

Reader in Arts, Creativity and Education at Birmingham City University

Dr. Victoria Kinsella is Senior Research Fellow in Education at Birmingham City University. Victoria has researched widely in the field of the arts education and creativity. She has worked on a number of creative arts research projects in various...

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Kerry Chappell, Professor

Associate Professor at University of Exeter

Associate Professor Dr Kerry Chappell leads the Creativity and Emergent Educational futures Network (CEEN) and the MA Education Creative Arts Programme at University of Exeter. She researches creativity in education in the arts, transdisciplinary...

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Saima Salehjee, Dr

Senior Lecturer in Education with STEM specialism at University of Glasgow

Dr Saima Salehjee is a Senior Lecturer in Education at the University of Glasgow. She is responsible for teaching and research work, particularly on Science Education. Saima has received grants to continue her research with underprivileged...

Rory McDonald, Dr

Post-Doctoral Research Associate at Liverpool John Moores University

Rory McDonald is a Post-Doctoral Research Associate at Liverpool John Moores University. Through his doctoral research he explored the notion of 'Engineering Capital' and the value of subject area-specific applications of Bourdieuian theory. A...

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Amanda McCrory, Dr

Associate Professor of Ethics in Science Education at Institute of Education

I am an Associate Professor of Ethics in Science Education at UCL IOE. I am a researcher whose publications and standing in the field have been built around a) ethics and socio-scientific issues in science education, b) primary science pedagogy...

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Pamela Burnard, Professor

Professor of Arts, Creativities and Educations at Faculty of Education

Pamela holds degrees in Music Performance, Music Education, Education and Philosophy. Her primary interest is creativities research for which she is internationally recognised. She is the author/co-author/editor of 15 books, 21 reports, and over...

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Hendra Agustian, Dr

Assistant Professor of Higher Science Education at University of Copenhagen

I do research in science teaching and learning, primarily in laboratory settings. I explore epistemic orientations in university pedagogy, on notions such as epistemic affect and epistemic practices.

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Francesca Arrigoni, Dr

Associate professor at Kingston University

Francesca Arrigoni Ph.D, PGCE, SFHEA, SFSEDA Associate Professor Physiology/Pharmacology, Department of Pharmacy, School of Life Sciences Pharmacy and Chemistry, Kingston University. I am interested in core scientific research in Inflammation...

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Mark Boylan, Professor

Professor of Education at Sheffield Hallam University

Mark is a Professor of Education at the Sheffield Institute of Education and Co-Head of Research and Innovation. Most of his current research focuses on the evaluation of large-scale professional development programmes and other policy...