Assessment of Transversal Skills in STEM is an innovative policy experimentation project being conducted across 8 EU countries and involving a partner network of 12 educational institutions. It aims to enhance digital assessment of second level students’ transversal skills in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).
ATS STEM is co-financed by the ERASMUS+ Programme (Action 3 – Policy Experimentation), where ministries of education are compulsory partners and national education agencies or education faculties essential development partners as well as pilot schools. The project work is centred around the key dimensions of:
- The development and assessment of transversal skills: Transversal skills are essential for academic success and in the work force as they include critical thinking, communication, problem solving abilities, collaboration, leadership along with use of digital tools.
- Integrated STEM curricula development: New approaches of teaching, learning, and assessment in STEM that support the creation of integrated curricula (practical integration of each of the constituent STEM disciplines within STEM education), which provides opportunities for more relevant, less fragmented and more stimulating experiences for learners as well as holistic approaches for high quality of STEM education. This holistic and integrative approach is essential if we are to prepare students to tackle major societal issues.
- Digital assessment: Formative and summative assessments help teachers better understand the goals of (integrated) STEM education as well as transversal skills. Effective assessment is on-going process between student-teacher, student-peers, and teacher-teachers. Technology is playing an increasingly important role in helping to facilitate these interactions.
Teachers, researchers as well as students involved in the project will help map new pedagogical approaches and learning outcomes in order to affect systemic changes that allow them to succeed in achieving their educational goals. Project activities also aim to ensure policy makers have a deployment strategy for engendering creative learning environments appropriate to their national or regional context.
ATS STEM aims to provide teachers and students with necessary and efficient digital assessment approaches in development of students’ transversal skills in STEM education. This model is being developed, implemented, and evaluated as part of a large-scale classroom pilot project leading to policy recommendations at both national and European levels for further transformation of education.