Special Issue 

Call for Papers: Special issue on the why and how of integrated STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education

Guest Editors:
Dr. Gillian Roehrig (University of Minnesota, USA)
Dr. Dilek Karışan (Aydın Adnan Menderes University, Turkey)

STEM (Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) is an acronym that refers to one or more of disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. The term STEM refers to an integrative approach to teaching and learning (Bybee, 2010). STEM is used in many countries at all levels, from preschool to higher education, to stimulate students’ interest, to increase students’ awareness of STEM fields, and to teach them STEM Concepts. STEM education is affective in promoting the development of 21st century skills (such as problem solving). STEM education is essential to prepare students for tomorrow's workforce in global world and should promote STEM literacy for all citizens. Therefore, all students should be taught STEM subjects beginning at an early age to increase their interest in these fields and provide information about related career options. STEM programs have proliferated rapidly across the world with goals to meet STEM workforce demand, diversify and promote equity within the STEM fields, and promote a more STEM literature public. These programs include teacher education initiatives, the development of a new STEM curriculum, informal STEM programs, the development of STEM schools, interdisciplinary programs in higher education institutions.   There remains a need, both conceptually and empirically, to understand the hows and whys of these STEM programs.

Topics for this special issue may include, but are not limited to:

  • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education in All Levels of Education System
  • Thematic content analysis, review and meta-analyses related to issues within STEM education (For example, the impact of teacher education initiatives and impact on student learning.)
  • Frameworks for integrated STEM and STEAM education
  • Empirical studies about STEM education
  • STEM Teacher Education Programs
  • International perspectives and trends in STEM education
  • STEM curriculum development and implementation
  • STEM schools
  • STEM& Entrepreneurship
  • STEM education in remote learning and digital experiences
  • Challenges in STEM education/Online STEM Education
  • Online STEM Education
  • STEM integration in online learning environments, its impact, challenges
  • Development of 21st-century skills in STEM teacher education
  • Development of mathematical thinking and modeling skills in STEM education
  • Girls' and women's participation in STEM
  • STEM Education in informal learning environments
  • Assessment and evaluation within STEM Education approaches
  • STEM Education practices in non-formal education contexts, such as science museums
  • Engineering education in K-12 level
  • Innovative learning environments in STEM education (Robotics, Gamification, etc.)

Manuscript Submission Instructions

Manuscripts addressing the focus of a special issue should be submitted through the JSTEI manuscript submission system.  Please see the JSTEI Author Guidelines and Submission Preparation Checklist carefully before preparing your manuscript.

NOTE: When submitting your manuscript, please include a note in the field ‘Comments for the Editor’ indicating that the paper addresses “STEM Education” special issue.

Deadlines for authors

  • Final submission deadline: 15 October 2022
  • First review decision on manuscripts: 15 December 2022
  • Second review decision on manuscripts: 30 January 2023
  • Final version submission: 28 February 2023
  • Expected Publication: April 2023


Bybee, R. W. (2010). What is STEM education? Science, 329(5995), 996. https://doi.org/10.1126/science.1194998