Across the world STEM (learning and work in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) has taken central importance in education and the economy in a way that few other disciplines have. STEM competence has become seen as key to higher productivity, technological adaptation and research-based innovation. No area of educational provision has a greater current importance than the STEM disciplines yet there is a surprising dearth of comprehensive and world-wide information about STEM policy, participation, programs and practice.

The Age of STEM is a state of the art survey of the global trends and major country initiatives in STEM. It gives an international overview of issues such as:

    • STEM strategy and coordination
    • curricula, teaching and assessment
    • women in STEM
    • indigenous students
    • research training
    • STEM in the graduate labour markets
    • STEM breadth and STEM depth

The individual chapters give comparative international analysis as well as a global overview, particularly focusing on the growing number of policies and practices in mobilising and developing talent in the STEM fields. The book will be of particular interest to anyone involved in educational policy, those in education management and leaders in both schooling and tertiary education. It will have a wider resonance among practitioners in the STEM disciplines, particularly at university level, and for those interested in contemporary public policy.

chapter 1|21 pages

Widening and deepening the STEM effect

ByBrigid Freeman, Simon Marginson, Russell Tytler

chapter 2|11 pages

What international comparisons can tell us

BySimon Marginson

chapter 3|14 pages


Achievements and challenges in dynamic Korea
ByJae-Eun Jon, Hae-In Chung

chapter 4|20 pages

An emerging giant of science

Achievements and challenges of STEM education in China
ByYuan Gao

chapter 5|14 pages

Invigorate the Asian Tiger

Science education in Taiwan
ByYuan Gao

chapter 6|21 pages


Restoring faith in science through competitive STEM strategy 1
ByMayumi Ishikawa, Ashlyn Moehle, Shota Fujii

chapter 7|32 pages

Stem And Stem Education In The United States

ByAdam V. Maltese, Geoff Potvin, Florin D. Lung, Craig D. Hochbein

chapter 8|17 pages


Decentralization, federalism and STEM
ByJulian Weinrib, Glen A. Jones

chapter 9|10 pages

Changing the shape of STEM

Wisdom of grassroots Indigenous movements in Canada
ByGlen S. Aikenhead, Dawn Sutherland

chapter 10|17 pages

United Kingdom

An example of the impact of high stakes accountability regimes on STEM education
ByAnthony Tomei, Justin Dillon, Emily Dawson

chapter 12|14 pages

New Zealand

Towards inclusive STEM education for all students
ByElizabeth McKinley, Mark Gan, Cathy Buntting, Alister Jones

chapter 13|19 pages

STEM education in France

Pathways and obstacles to greater participation
ByKelly Roberts, Elodie de Oliveira

chapter 14|15 pages

STEMming the tide

The Finnish way to a technologically proficient workforce
ByIan R. Dobson

chapter 15|17 pages

Between historical advantages and global challenges

Do the STEM disciplines matter in Russia?
ByAnna Smolentseva

chapter 16|12 pages

A keystone to the future of Brazil

Fostering general and STEM education for an inclusive development
ByHugo Horta, Paulo Noronha Lisboa Filho