Special Issue: Promoting STEAM in Education (2021)

Call for Papers: Promoting STEAM in education

LUMAT invites researchers, practitioners and educators to contribute to the upcoming special issue on Promoting STEAM in education. The special issue is connected to LUMAT Research Symposium, organized by LUMAT Science Research Forum by LUMA Centre Finland.

The theme of the special issue is STEAM in education. The STEAM in this case stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, All subjects, and Mathematics. To address the challenges of the 21st century skills, there is a need to educate citizens capable of seeing and exploring the interconnections within STEM subjects and between STEM and other areas. It is also important to educate teachers who can support students in becoming STEAM-literate citizens. We need to educate students who understand basic science and mathematics, and in addition to that, who are curious and knowledgeable about how things work (Engineering), and how modern technology is affecting our life. In addition, it will be required from tomorrow's leaders to be able to make connections between fields, such as between  STEM and arts (STEAM), STEM and social science, STEM and policies, will become the next generation leaders. To fully address the 21st century challenges, interdisciplinary approaches are crucial, and, therefore the interconnections between STEM and other subjects should be examined and promoted.

Deadlines and special issue time table:

  • Submission Deadline (full paper): August 15, 2020 -> Extended until August 31, 2020
  • Feedback from Editors: September 30, 2020
  • Submission of modified articles: October 14, 2020
  • Feedback from the 1st round of peer-review: December 20, 2020
  • Submission of modified papers after peer-review: January 20, 2021
  • Final Decision on the manuscript: January 27, 2021
  • Publication of the issue: March 2021

We welcome both empirical as well as theoretical manuscripts. 

Acceptance criteria for the manuscripts are that they:

  • Are research-based and have not been previously published.
  • Contain the following subsections: 
    • Context/relevance of the study: Why the research was conducted.
    • Aim/research questions: What guided the research.
    • Theoretical framework/conceptual rationale/pragmatic grounding: How the current research is connected to the earlier studies.
    • Research methods and research design: How the research was conducted (both empirical and theoretical manuscripts are welcome).
    • Results (in theoretical manuscripts, the discussion on how the manuscript contributes to the earlier research can be combined with the discussion section and Result section might be omitted.
    • Discussion/Conclusions/Implications: How the research questions were answered, how the research results contribute to the field.
    • References in APA-style: Use the template on the journal website. 
  • Address/discuss how the authors understand the concepts of STEAM and STEM education, for example, what possibilities and challenges the authors see in it.
  • Address the "A" in STEAM is clearly visible/present and clearly defined/conceptualised. “A” can be any topic/subject/discipline which the authors have integrated in their study
  • Follow the academic research guidelines for ethical and professional academic publishing, such as: publishing original work, accurate and detailed findings and methodology, including those writers as authors that have contributed to the work significantly; including all the permissions to publish previously published content from the copyright holders; adhering to (personal) data protection legislation (confidential information, identifying individuals, etc.)
  • Are clearly written - English clarity and correct grammar are expected. If necessary, the authors are asked to proofread and copy edit the manuscripts prior to the submission.

General paper submission guidelines can be found here.

Guest editors:

Dr. Marina Milner-Bolotin, Associate Professor, Faculty of Education, Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy, The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, marina.milner-bolotin@ubc.ca

Dr. Erik Fooladi, Associate professor, Department of Science and Mathematics, Faculty of Humanities & Education, Volda University College, Norway, ef@hivolda.no

Dr. Jaana Herranen, Post-doctoral researcher, Unit of Chemistry Education, University of Helsinki, Finland, jaana.herranen@helsinki.fi