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Adopting a Role-Model, Game-Based Pedagogical Approach to Gender Equality in STEAM: The FemSTEAM Mysteries Digital Game

Adopting a Role-Model, Game-Based Pedagogical Approach to Gender Equality in STEAM: The FemSTEAM Mysteries Digital Game
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Author(s): Ioanna Vekiri (European University, Cyprus), Maria Meletiou-Mavrotheris (European University, Cyprus), Asimina Brouzou (Challedu, Greece), Ioannis Brouzos (Challedu, Greece), Andri Christoforou (European University, Cyprus) and Elena Stylianou (European University, Cyprus)
Copyright: 2022
Pages: 20
Source title: Handbook of Research on Integrating ICTs in STEAM Education
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Stefanos Xefteris (University of Western Macedonia, Greece)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-6684-3861-9.ch003

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Abstract

The aim of this chapter is to discuss the use of serious games in STEAM education and to present FemSTEAM Mysteries, a serious game that was developed in the context of an EU-funded project. The game is intended for teenagers (age 12-15) and its goal is to promote gender equality in STEAM by inspiring all students to pursue STEAM careers, and to enhance the acquisition of key skills and competences for STEAM studies. It is based on role-model STEAM pedagogy and introduces students to important STEAM researchers and professionals in ways that challenge gender stereotypes as well as stereotypes about the characteristics of scientists and artists. The chapter presents the design and theoretical framework of the game which is based on both bibliographical and field research that was carried out in the context of the FemSTEAM Mysteries project.

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