Scholarly Contribution to Database/Website

Realising the promise of STEM education

J van Driel

Published : 2017


The lack of students studying the so-called STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) is a perennial issue in Western countries – and Australia in particular. A recent report revealed the percentage of students in Year 12 who study physics or advanced mathematics is at an all-time low, for girls only 6 per cent (for boys, these percentages are 21 and 11.5, respectively). While a lack of engagement with STEM subjects is an issue across the West, it is particularly bad here; Australia lags behind other developed countries, threatening our economic prospects and our young people’s career prospects.