Where science ends, art begins? Critical perspectives on the development of STEAM in the new climactic regime

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This contribution explores the origins of movement from STEM to STEAM, with a view to troubling the epistemological assumptions that underpin what at first glance appears to be a progressive and ameliorative project. STEAM appears to challenge traditional educational modalities (such as clear divisions between disciplines) in order to provide a broader canvas for human enquiry. In contemporary terms, we might even say that the movement from STEM to STEAM – that is to say adding “arts” to the study of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) – is perceived to “add value” to a pre-existing initiative. And yet the very notion of “value-added”, namely the amount by which the value of a commodity is increased by each stage in its production, encapsulates the economic imperative that pervades contemporary educational discourse. It is perhaps not surprising, then, that this same economic imperative also appears to have been a key driver of the movement from STEM to STEAM.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWhy Science and Art Creativities Matter
Subtitle of host publication(Re-)Configuring STEAM for Future-Making Education
EditorsPamela Burnard, Laura Colucci-Gray
PublisherBrill Academic Publishers
Chapter1
Pages19-34
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9789004421585
ISBN (Print)9789004396111, 9789004421639
Publication statusPublished - 19 Dec 2019

Publication series

NameCritical Issues in the Future of Learning and Teaching
PublisherBrill Academic Publishers
Volume18

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Pirrie, A. (2019). Where science ends, art begins? Critical perspectives on the development of STEAM in the new climactic regime. In P. Burnard, & L. Colucci-Gray (Eds.), Why Science and Art Creativities Matter: (Re-)Configuring STEAM for Future-Making Education (pp. 19-34). (Critical Issues in the Future of Learning and Teaching; Vol. 18). Brill Academic Publishers.