Free Access to Volume 51.6

21st Century Skills and STEM Teaching and Learning

In times of rapid technological innovation and global challenges, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, the development of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) competencies becomes especially important. Enhanced STEM capability has the potential to enhance the personal scientific literacy of citizens, essential for international economic competitiveness, and is a foundation for responsible citizenship, including the ethical custodianship of our planet. The eleven papers in this special issue address 21st century skills, mathematical modelling, and education for responsible citizenship in the context of STEM teaching and learning.

Read the articles in this issue for free until the end of August 2020!

The Role of Mathematics in interdisciplinary STEM education
Katja Maass, Vince Geiger, Marta Romero Ariza and Merrilyn Goos

Teaching strategies to foster techno-mathematical literacies in an innovative mathematics course for future engineers
Nathalie J. van der Wal, Arthur Bakker and Paul Drijvers

Supporting primary school students’ reasoning about motion graphs through physical experiences
Carolien Duijzer, Marja Van den Heuvel-Panhuizen, Michiel Veldhuis and Michiel Doorman

STEM education in the primary years to support mathematical thinking: using coding to identify mathematical structures and patterns
Jodie Miller

Using mathematics as evidence supporting critical reasoning and enquiry in primary science classrooms
Vince Geiger

Developing mathematics teachers’ 21st century competence for teaching in STEM contexts
Kim Beswick and Sharon Fraser

Professional development on connections to the world of work in mathematics and science education
Katja Maass and Katrin Engeln

The use and potential of Fermi problems in the STEM disciplines to support the development of twenty-first century competencies
Jonas Bergman Ärlebäck and Lluís Albarracín

Promoting active citizenship in mathematics teaching
Katja Maass, Michiel Doorman, Vincent Jonker and Monica Wijers

Learning to teach the M in/for STEM for social justice
Cynthia Nicol, Leicha A. Bragg, Vanessa Radzimski, Kwesi Yaro, Arthur Chen and Emmanuel Amoah