VALA2020 Session 7 Beardmore

Building STEM capabilities at Melbourne Polytechnic: a case study of EAL students

Wednesday 12 February 2020, 12:00 – 12:30

Meredith Beardmore
  • Liaison Librarian
  • Melbourne Polytechnic
Dali A. Lenoir
  • Library Officer, Melbourne Polytechnic
  • Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne
Peter Kenneally
  • Library Officer, Melbourne Polytechnic

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STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) is a vital skillset for all citizens in a rapidly changing and information-rich world. The connection between STEM and libraries is gathering momentum, yet the role of academic libraries in supporting STEM is under-represented in the literature. The Melbourne Polytechnic Academic Library & Education Research Team (ALERT) was developed to explore this gap and suggest a framework for STEM literacy support in academic libraries. The methodology for a future case study of STEM activity for EAL (English as an Additional Language) learners will also be outlined.

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