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The Role of STEM (or STEAM) in the Early Childhood Setting

Learning Across the Early Childhood Curriculum

ISBN: 978-1-78190-700-9

ISSN: 0270-4021

Publication date: 30 August 2014


The White House Initiative: Educate to Innovate (2009) outlines the need for school age children (P-12) to focus more intentionally on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math or STEM. The arts and other developmentally appropriate activities (i.e., blocks, painting, music, etc.) are added to STEM to create STEAM. Specifically, this chapter focuses on Technology, Engineering, and the Arts within the contexts of Science and Mathematics in the early childhood setting. By allowing children the time to explore and create, young children will wonder about the world around them. The chapter concludes with suggestions for early childhood professionals to create environments (physically, temporally, and interpersonally) that encourage and expand the STEM principles.



Lindeman, K.W., Jabot, M. and Berkley, M.T. (2014), "The Role of STEM (or STEAM) in the Early Childhood Setting", Learning Across the Early Childhood Curriculum (Advances in Early Education and Day Care, Vol. 17), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 95-114.



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