Integrated STEM Learning in an Idea-centered Knowledge-building Environment

Huang Yao Hong, Pei Yi Lin, Bodong Chen, Nanxi Chen

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STEM learning is an integrated approach to improving learners’ problem-solving capacity and 21st-century skills by engaging them in systematic investigation that requires interdisciplinary knowledge. This study aimed to examine whether the design of an innovative knowledge-building environment facilitates STEM learning. Participants were university students engaging in in-depth group projects to design a piece of living-technology product. Data were obtained from student groups’ online discussion of their STEM projects. Both quantitative and qualitative analyses of student groups’ knowledge-building activities, including fostering a strong sense of community, working productively with ideas, and assuming higher-level agency, provided evidence of students’ deep engagement in the design of their STEM projects. Recommendations for the design of effective STEM learning environments are offered.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)63-76
Number of pages14
JournalAsia-Pacific Education Researcher
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 15 2019

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Acknowledgements Funding was provided by Ministry of Science and Technology, Taiwan (Grant Nos. 106-2511-S-004-008-MY2 and 107-2511-H-004-004-MY3).

Publisher Copyright:
© 2018, De La Salle University.


  • Collaboration
  • Knowledge building
  • Learning environment
  • STEM learning


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