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STEM Fast 5 - Linda Pfeiffer on Common STEM Misconceptions

May 28, 2018

Linda is a senior lecturer and STEM Education project lead at CQUniversity. In 2016 she was awarded the QLD Women in STEM Research Prize at the World Science Festival.

1. What’s the most overrated topic in education right now?

The hype around STEM. What adds to many misconceptions around STEM is the idea that it is simply using technology and coding. STEM is about problem-solving in the real world, and technology is only one tool that can help students think and analyse these real-world issues.

Dr Pfieffer (centre) winning the Women in STEM Research Prize

We all need to understand that STEM education should focus on the importance of all Australian children having access to quality STEM learning experiences from an early age. The integration of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics and the understandings that go with these are extremely important for all children as we move further into the 21st Century.

2. Does technology motivate creativity?

Only if used correctly. Pedagogy before technology.

3. What app can’t you live without?

I don’t use a lot of apps.

4. What events from your own experience as a learner have informed your approach to your work in education?

I learn best by doing. I remember excursions when I was in primary school in the local area and I try to teach using hands-on, inquiry approaches with relevant contexts.

5. Which actor would play you in the movie about your life?

Sandra Bullock.

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