Following the Admissions campaign, 2020 12 applicants were admitted to the Master degree programme in Pedagogical Education with a major in STEAM Practices in Education.
The curriculum of the programme is characterized as practice-oriented and providing in-depth knowledge of the application of the STEAM-approach to the educational process. Already in the first semester, the students are taking courses that aim at providing the students with through knowledge of the subject. These include “Pedagogical Design” and “Innovative Processes in Education”. In addition, throughout the whole period of studies the students participate in various seminars and conferences, visit regional STEAM-parks, and meet with a specialist who works in the sphere.
STEAM-education is being actively introduced into the learning process in many countries of the world. The relevance of the approach for the present-day society is attributed to its inter- and metadisciplinarity, through which the process of knowledge collaboration and interaction can be easily observed and understood. The flexibility of STEAM-education makes it suitable for teachers of technical, natural sciences and the Humanities as it allows them to join the effort and acquire the knowledge in one field through the other. In course of the Master programme we learn to organize a project-based study process based on the principles of the system-activity approach in which an educator is merely a facilitator and a supervisor of the process. Also during our studies, we learn about the experience of designing learning spaces in the STEAM-park in “Kvantorium”, the city technology park for children as well as developing hi-tech educational start-ups and projects. In additions, we gain skills in organization and management of innovative research activities of students – says Alisa Dorofeeva, a student of the Master degree programme in Pedagogical Education with a major in STEAM Practices in Education
Master degree programme “STEAM Practices in Education” has been developed in the course of implementation of the Erasmus+ KA2 project: Integrated Approach to STEM Teacher Training (598367- EPP-1-2018-1-SE-EPPKA2-CBHE–JP) co-funded by the European Commission.