Episode 2: Inclusion

Let's Talk STEM
Monash Education

Is STEM education for everybody?

Traditionally there have been many barriers for inclusion in the STEM disciplines. However, by its very nature, integrated STEM is an inclusive approach to education. It allows all students an opportunity for success and engagement regardless of their gender or background.

So what are the barriers to changing the stereotypes around STEM careers and the related disciplines?

This episode of ‘Let’s Talk STEM’ delves into the world of diversity and inclusion within the STEM classroom. The guests discuss ideas about the inclusive nature of STEM education and how it is starting to break down stereotypes about who a STEM professional is and what they do.

Using this video

Suggested Activity 1

Looking through the lens of gender equity

Review your school’s STEM curriculum through the lens of gender equity

Consider the following questions:

  • Is there a gender bias in your STEM curriculum?
  • Who is your STEM curriculum geared towards?
  • What steps can you take to ensure that your STEM curriculum is accessible for all of your students?

Suggested Activity 2

What does success look like in STEM to develop diversity?

Identify what success would look like in your STEM programmes if you want to foster diversity.

Consider the following questions:

  • What does success in STEM look like for your students?
  • What does success look like for knowledge and skills in STEM?
  • What does success in engagement in STEM look like?
  • What does success look like for attitudes and values in STEM?
  • How can you measure and report developments in attitudes and values?
 Deb and Rachael 

“STEM is for every student, every day, in every class”

Rachael Lehr

Meet our experts

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Professor Lisa Harvey-Smith

Astrophysicist

Australia's Women in STEM Ambassador

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Felicity Furey

Founder

Power of Engineering

LinkedIn

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Danny Summerell

STEAM Teacher

Instructional Leader, Innovations

Hazel Glen College

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Professor Marilyn Fleer

Laureate Professor

Director, Conceptual Playlab

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Lucas Johnson

Research & Development,

STEM Education

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Rachael Lehr

Teacher

Founder of #PrimarySTEMChat

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Professor Deb Corrigan

Director

Monash Education Futures

@ProfDebCorrigan

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Kirsten Banks

Wiradjuri Astrophysicist

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