MII-STEM is an international research project which aims to improve the quality of teacher education in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) across Southeast Asia.
The project will examine the effectiveness of modelling and how it is taught to future science teachers in Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam. Modelling is a key scientific practice which cuts across all of the STEM subjects. A key question is how modelling supports future teachers’ abilities to teach science effectively once in the field.
The research team are developing a modelling-based ‘MII-STEM’ curriculum for future science teachers. The new curriculum will be taught in each of the partner university’s science teacher education programmes.
MII-STEM stands for ‘Model-based Integrated Inquiry in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics’.
This project is a collaboration between the University of British Columbia in Canada, Universitas Sultan Ageng Tirtayasa in Indonesia, Kasetsart University in Thailand, Hanoi National University of Education in Vietnam, and the University of Dundee in Scotland.
MII-STEM has been awarded a grant from the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), a £1.5 billion fund from the UK Government to support cutting-edge research that addresses the challenges faced by developing countries.