Okanagan School of Education
University of British Columbia
Kelowna, British Columbia


Indigenous Themes in STEAM: Co-reflecting and Co-constructing in Teacher Education


Instructors at a small university campus in British Columbia, Canada were tasked with developing and delivering a new teacher education course in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math). To align with provincial curriculum mandates and university and faculty strategic plans, the instructors integrated Indigenous themes into the STEAM components. Action research methods were used to evaluate the design of the STEAM course and the Indigenous themes within it. The Indigenous themes are presented and discussed in this paper as well as the overall design, development, and evaluation of the course. A later portion of this study will examine pre-service teacher candidates’ perceptions of the inclusion of Indigenous themes and instructional strategies into the STEAM block.

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