Educational Tools to Teach STEAM Subjects Integrating Linguistic Rights, Collaboration, and Critical Thinking

  • Zehlia Babaci-WilhiteEmail author


In this chapter, I will examine how the introduction of the Arts into the teaching of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) subjects represents a new model of education that improves science learning and satisfies human rights criteria for education. I will argue that the incorporation of the Arts into an open and investigate process, based on the “inquiry-based approach”, using local languages and cultural references will improve learning and strengthen human rights. This model is particularly important in educational systems which today use dominant languages and culture in their instruction, disregarding local languages and local knowledge. In contrast to conventional approaches to education, I argue that teaching is more effective when it is based in local languages and culture which include the Arts. Therefore, I introduce a pedagogic model that expands the traditional STEM method to include the Arts. I will conclude with a discussion of the importance of national and international aimed at promoting collaborative learning as well as a pedagogical model that expands the traditional STEM to STEAM and contributes to human rights in education. This includes the introduction of digital narratives into the classroom and a virtual and international collaboration across the Art–Science divide. These narratives are grounded in both local and global cultures, and they include a diversity of knowledge within the human rights framework in education. This model of teaching gives human rights its rightful place in the model of educational.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of California BerkeleyBerkeleyUSA
  2. 2.San Jose State UniversitySan JoseUSA

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