Reflections on STEAM in Education

  • Victor N. KobayashiEmail author


The introduction of the Arts in STEM education is welcomed as it provides the opportunity to integrate the preoccupations of scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians. The emphasis on my reflections is not an effort to make a case for the inclusion of “art education”. My task is to sketch briefly how an understanding of art itself as an aesthetic pursuit provides the opportunity to reveal the fact that the aesthetic response has been basic to driving not only the practice of STEM endeavors, it also helps persons of all ages to regard life itself as education, and provides a guideline for youth to find a place in the world of work, that is not only fulfilling to the self, as well as a life-affirming global society that includes those who support a society dependent on advances in science and technology. Current developments in science, made possible through new technologies, increasingly make us aware of how complex human learning is, yet the holistic integration, that is the aesthetic response, indicates an awareness to the possibility of being a part of a global society in these turbulent times.


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  1. 1.University of HawaiiHonoluluUSA

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