Expanding STEM to the Suggestion of STE-SAL-M; A Cross-curricular Approach to Primary Education Science Teaching and Learning

  • Charilaos TsichouridisEmail author
  • Marianthi BatsilaEmail author
  • Dennis VavougiosEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 1134)


This study aims to explore whether the suggested inter-curricular STE-SAL-M approach can take STEM a step further in science teaching and learning. More specifically, the research looks into the extent to which the suggested STE-SAL-M approach can facilitate science concepts learning, and enhance creativity, attitude and interest in education. What is more, the study aims to investigate whether this approach can raise learners’ awareness towards a holistic view of learning. The study is based on a project method called “being strong-eating healthy-changing your life”. Six schools participated in the research with114 primary school learners altogether. To provide possible answers for the research questions class observations and two focus groups were conducted, one with the teachers and one with the learners. The data received and analyzed with the content analysis method indicate a positive attitude towards STE-SAL-M, which is described as authentic, innovative, linked to real life process and facilitates the understanding of science and all disciplines involved.


STEM Science Innovation Collaborative learning Project-based learning 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of ThessalyVolosGreece
  2. 2.Directorate of Secondary Education, Ministry of EducationLarissaGreece

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