Science and Learning Expert Group consultation: IET comments to the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF).
The main barriers to studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) are the need for a curriculum that is relevant to ‘real life’; the perceived difficulty of STEM subjects; disillusionment with science after progression from primary to secondary education; negative views about success in STEM; and perceptions of careers and opportunities in STEM. The introduction of the Engineering Diploma is welcomed as it has the potential to have a very positive impact on engineering education in the UK. It is very important to ensure that engineering students have access to individuals with up-to-date experience of ‘real life’ engineering. To increase the number of individuals opting to pursue further study and careers in STEM requires the tackling of two issues: cultural attitudes to STEM, and the government’s provision of careers education and guidance.
Submission Details Submitted on 16 September 2009 to Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF)