Many see the sciences and arts as two distinct fields – one objective the other subjective; however, we see the two having more in common than different. These commonalities formed the basis for a STEAM framework, which examines the intersections of five processes: noticing, wondering, visualizing, exploring, and communicating. This framed a professional development workshop on STEAM for elementary teachers. Here we define and explore these processes through both science and art perspectives, and share examples of how each of these processes were integrated to support learning. We believe that STEAM provides a well-rounded experience, allowing learners to make connections with both their minds and bodies, which ultimately enhances their learning experience.
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Fulton, Lori A. and Simpson-Steele, Jamie
"Reconciling the Divide: Common Processes in Science and Arts Education,"
The STEAM Journal:
2, Article 3.
Available at: http://scholarship.claremont.edu/steam/vol2/iss2/3