Another dot in the blogosphere?

Full SHTEAM ahead?

Posted on: October 31, 2018

First it was STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).

Then it was STEAM (A is for the Arts).

Recently I chanced upon SHTEAM (H is for the Humanities).

If SHTEAM was personified, might it look like this?

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Might these these acronyms and their purveyors be attempting to steamroll us into thinking this is cool and new? Sort of, but not quite.

The subject silos are not new. The integration is not that new, e.g., multidisciplinary thinking. But the efforts to try to teach and evaluate STEAM (or perhaps SHTEAM now) challenge what we value in pedagogy and assessment. And that is a good thing.

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