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October 17, 2016
Choicebook Draft Oct 17
Gather high-level perspectives on the education system in Canada
Examine thoughts and opinions on various aspects of STEM education, including what is learned, how it is taught and what supports are needed
Generate ideas for advancing STEM education in Canada and help identify potential roles and opportunities to be involved
Build consensus around priorities for individual and collective action
Introduction and overview
Theme 1: What do we learn?
Opportunities for STEM education (questions)
About you (questions)
Where are we now?
What is STEM?
The education ecosystem, from K-12
Theme 3: How do we teach?
Theme 4: Where does it lead?
Theme 2: How do we learn?
Setting a path forward
Thank you and next steps
Final thoughts (question)
What do you want from STEM education? (questions)
What do you want from STEM education?
How do we get there? (questions)
Welcome to Canada 2067’s Choicebook on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education. This is an opportunity for you to find out more and provide input on a wide range of issues related to STEM. Your thoughts and ideas will help build a national vision for this important topic. Please watch the video below to learn more.
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This is a big challenge and we want to hear from you. Let’s get started!
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Our world continues to change very rapidly – it’s becoming more complex and our lives are shaped more by science and technology every day.
Some of the biggest challenges facing Canada and our world, such as healthcare and the environment, require STEM-based solutions. As citizens, we all need STEM to be informed and ready to take on these challenges. STEM also drives much of our innovation, economic development and growth as a country, and will help Canada remain globally competitive in the future.
This is why we all have a stake in supporting STEM learning.
An education ecosystem, from K-12
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Think of education – from kindergarten to grade 12 – as an interconnected “ecosystem” to support students and help them succeed over the long term.
Students are at the centre, working closely with their teachers and parents. This ecosystem also brings together school system leaders, government, community organizations and businesses to help students learn both inside and outside of the classroom.
No matter who you are, you can play an important role in preparing Canadian students for the future through STEM learning.
Please answer the following questions. This will help us better understand the different views and perspectives of people completing this Choicebook.
How old are you?
Under 18 18-24 25-34 35-44 45-54 55-64 64-75 Over 75
What is your gender?
Male Female Other
Where do you live?
Alberta British Columbia Manitoba News Brunswick Newfoundland and Labrador
Northwest Territories Nova Scotia Nunavut Ontario Prince Edward Island
Quebec Saskatchewan Yukon Outside of Canada
What best describes your your role?
Student Parent Teacher / educator Principal / school administrator
Researcher Government Industry / businessCommunity groupOther
(If parent) What grades are your children in? Please select all that apply.
K-6 7-8 9-12
(If teacher) What grades do you teach? Please select all that apply.
As a current or past student, how much do you like learning math and science?
1 – Strongly dislike 2 3 4 5 – Strongly like Don’t know
Please think about the current K-12 education system in Canada. How well do you think it equips students with the skills they need to meet the challenges of a more technological, science-based world?
1 – Not well at all 2 3 4 5 – Extremely well Don’t know
How much change do you think is needed to improve the quality of K-12 education in Canada?
No change – it’s fine the way it is Some change – there are some things to improved
Lots of change – things really need to be fixed Don’t know
How confident are you that government could make the changes we need in education?
1 – Not at all confident 2 3 4 5 – Extremely confident Don’t know
Opportunities for STEM education
In school, students are expected to learn about many subjects and be involved in many activities. Teachers are required to cover a wide range of subjects outlined in the core curriculum (including STEM subjects) and tend to extracurricular duties. These requirements change over time, and schools must adapt.
Q. How important is it for students to focus on STEM education in…
1 – Not at all important 2 3 4 5 – Extremely important Don’t know
Q. How effective are schools in your province at providing students with a good STEM education?
1 – Not at all effective 2 3 4 5 – Extremely effective Don’t know
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When we talk about STEM education, there are different perspectives on what needs to be changed and why.
Some people say…
More jobs require STEM skills, so we need to increase the number and quality of STEM graduates in Canada. We can do this by focusing on students who are interested in STEM and want a career in these fields.
To what extent is this a priority for you?
Low priority Medium priority High priority Don’t know
Other people say…
In today’s world everyone needs these types of skills. We need to focus on helping all students learn STEM, no matter what career they want.
Where are we now?
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Compared to many other countries, Canada has a top-rated education system and our students perform quite well.
However, our students’ math and science scores in international assessments have gone down. Additionally, many youth drop STEM subjects once they are optional – less than 50 per cent of Canadian students complete Grade 11 and 12 math and science courses.
While this is happening, 70 per cent of Canada’s top-paying jobs of the future require some STEM education, including skilled trades.
1. What do we learn?
STEM is about more than building knowledge in science, technology, engineering and math. It’s also about developing important skills and competencies, such as being curious, asking good questions, examining things critically, and solving complex problems.
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“In today’s world, there is no longer a competitive advantage in knowing more than the person next to you because knowledge has become a commodity available to all with the swipe of a finger. Now, adults need to be able to ask great questions, critically analyze information, form independent opinions, collaborate, and communicate effectively.” (Tony Wagner)
When you think about what schools should be teaching students, which view do you agree with more?
Some people say: We need to focus more on the basics, like making sure every student has a strong foundation in numeracy and literacy. If we do that, everything else will take care of itself.
Other people say: The basics are no longer enough. It is time to focus more on higher-order skills that will help students think critically and solve complex problems.
What do you think are the most important skills for students to develop? Please pick your top three choices.
Solving advanced math problems quickly Following the scientific method
Working with new computer / information technologies Collaborating with others
Communicating effectively Analyzing data and information
Solving complex problems Thinking critically Demonstrating leadership
2. How do we learn?
The challenge is that many students do not find STEM exciting or interesting, especially those who may not want to pursue a traditional STEM career, like being a scientist.
Teaching STEM in a way that helps engage and inspire students from all backgrounds can involve a number of approaches, such as:
Some examples include…
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Inquiry-based learning: Rather than following a set lesson plan structure, Ms. Wilson wants students to experience science as it’s actually practiced. She encourages them to be curious, ask their own questions and discover their own answers, rather than memorizing facts and information.
Experiential learning: Mr. Gagnon doesn’t like to rely just on the textbook. Instead, he creates more hands-on experiences where students can “learn by doing” in the lab and outside the classroom, where they can apply concepts to real-world problems.
Interdisciplinary learning: Ms. Lam helps her students develop a broad base of knowledge, so she relates their science lessons to other areas, such as by discussing the history of scientific discoveries and assigning creative, science-based art projects.
How important do you think it is for the K-12 education system in Canada to..
Give students the freedom to learn by following their own interests and making their own discoveries?
1 – Not at all important 2 3 4 5 – Very important Don’t know
Provide more opportunities for students to conduct hands-on experiments in the lab or in the field?
Help show students how STEM subjects are relevant to their everyday lives?
Help connect students with employers to see what kinds of jobs need STEM?
How well do you think the current K-12 education system…
Gives students the freedom to learn by following their own interests and making their own discoveries?
Provides more opportunities for students to conduct hands-on experiments in the lab or in the field?
Helps show students how STEM subjects are relevant to their everyday lives?
Helps connect students with employers to see what kinds of jobs need STEM?
Please share any good examples of inquiry-based, experiential or interdisciplinary learning.
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What do you think is the most important factor for motivating students to learn STEM?
3. How do we teach?
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An engaging teacher is critical for effective STEM education – they can make a world of difference in inspiring students and pushing them to achieve their potential.
We need good teachers, and they need the education, training, resources and other supports to help them teach STEM subjects effectively.
To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statements:
Teachers have to spend too much of their time managing individual needs and everything else they need to do in the classroom
1 – Strongly disagree 2 3 4 5 – Strongly agree Don’t know
Teachers are generally well trained to teach STEM through their education
Teachers are well supported to teach STEM through ongoing professional development
Teachers have the resources they need (such as teaching materials and aids) to teach STEM effectively
1 – Strongly disagree 2 3 4 5 – Strongly agree Don’t know
Teachers are empowered to use their own creative methods and approaches to help inspire students
What do you think would make the biggest difference in helping teachers be more effective in STEM education?
4. Where does it lead?
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Interest in STEM among students is often connected to their ideas about the future.
Many people think that STEM is only for those who want to have a traditional career in science, technology, engineering or math.
However, more and more jobs require some STEM skills, such as in business, government, health and fitness, food or the arts. The skills from a STEM education will open up more career options overall.
We need more opportunities to help students learn about the importance of STEM, especially in the early on when they’re beginning to think about what they want to do in the future.
How aware do you think students are about the range of opportunities open to them if they have a good foundation in STEM?
1 – Not at all aware 2 3 4 5 – Extremely aware Don’t know
Do you agree or disagree that students are getting enough exposure to a range of jobs and careers while in…
Elementary school (K-8)?
Secondary school (9-12)?
Why do you think students drop out of STEM courses?
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Improving education is a long-term project that involves many different things.
Imagine that you are advising the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada. This includes Ministers of Education from all 13 provinces and territories across Canada.
They have asked you to consider what the priorities should be for STEM education in Canada.
What are your top 5 priorities? Please select from the list below.
Redesign the classroom to allow for more hands-on and collaborative learning
Increase the number of STEM courses that high school students need to graduate
Focus more on digital literacy
Work with employers and community groups to provide more learning opportunities outside of the classroom
Make better use of new technologies to change how students learn
Provide more support for teachers to make it easier to keep up with the latest teaching methods
Provide more opportunities for students to pursue their own interests and discover their own answers
Provide better information to students at an early age about the range of careers that require STEM
Ensure that all high school STEM courses are taught by teachers with advanced training in these subjects
Raise Canada’s scores on international science and math tests
Break down the separation between STEM subjects and the arts
Ensure students have a strong foundation in literacy and numeracy
What is the top priority that we should start with first?
How do we get there?
Canada2067 marks a significant opportunity to mobilize Canadians to build a strong STEM education system.
Do you see yourself as having an active role in advancing STEM education?
No Yes, maybe Yes, definitely
If yes, how would you like to be involved?
While everyone can help advance STEM education in Canada, who do you see playing the main leadership role?
Students Parents Teachers / educators Principals / school administrators
Researchers Government Industry / businesses Community group Other
Looking to the future
What does Canada in the year 2067 look like to you?
Do you have any final questions or comments that you would like to share with Canada 2067?
Thank you for your time and contributions. We are also talking with youth across Canada.
All of the input we receive will go a long way in helping inform a framework for STEM education, which we will present at our 2017 National Summit.
To learn more and stay connected with Canada 2067, please visit our engagement hub at [insert link].
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