Strengthening of Mathematics and Science Education in Africa


Published on August 24, 2021

The seventeenth Conference on Mathematics, Science and Technology Education in Africa (COMSTEDA 17) international forum whose theme was, “teacher professional development in Africa: developing knowledge, skills, and values in STEM teaching and learning engagements” was held in December, 2019 in Nairobi – Kenya. Teacher professional development in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education is a critical area of discussion owing to its importance in equipping learners for the 21st century lifestyle. Research in this area not only widens the scope of understanding the context of STEM education, but also deepens knowledge and skills that respond to the needs of the African continent.
In order to realize the fore-going, the international forum focused on five topical strands: (1) teacher professional development in Africa towards developing knowledge, skills, and values in STEM learning and teaching engagements; (2) role of professional associations in STEM teaching and learning; (3) school culture and learning in STEM towards creating supportive learning environments; (4) STEM curriculum development, implementation and assessment; and (5) ICT integration in STEM education. A total of thirty-eight papers were presented during the conference and some papers were rated highly by the scientific reviewers in terms relevance to the conference theme and aspirations of the continent. This 3rd edition of the journal therefore will continue to further trigger research in this crucial area of STEM education from early learning to tertiary levels of education. It contains thirty-eight (38) research papers that were presented during the forum.