The ‘S’ and ‘T’ in STEM: Integrating Science and Technology in Education in the UAE

Dean Cairns, Martina Dickson, Patricia Fidalgo

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In this chapter, we look at the ways in which STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) has influenced education in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) over the last few decades, focusing in particular on the use and integration of educational technology in schools and higher education institutions (HEIs). Key to the uptake of technology in education is the attitudes, perceptions and self-efficacies of teachers, faculty and administration. We summarize key literature emanating from both school and HEI sectors in the UAE and then discuss technology links to science education in the UAE, and the emirate of Abu Dhabi in particular. Finally, we present four key examples of how science and educational technology can effectively be integrated, and make specific suggestions of ways in which this could be linked to the UAE context. We conclude with some key recommendations for the effective integration of science education and technology.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEducation in the United Arab Emirates
Subtitle of host publicationInnovation and Transformation
EditorsKay Gallagher
PublisherSpringer, Singapore
ISBN (Electronic)978-981-13-7736-5
Publication statusPublished - 18 May 2019
Externally publishedYes


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