IMPACT ON KSA ECO SYSTEM
Saudi Arabia is seeking to develop general and basic skills of all students to enable them, to face modern life requirements, in addition to specialized skills for each profession that covers all professional fields for young generation. This is asserted in Vision 2030 and the National Transformational Plan with the main aim of preparing a workforce ready to solve real-world problems through hands-on learning activities and creative design. Education is contributing in transition of the economy from dependence on one source of income to economy depending on mind-sets with high skills, creative, and productive human energies. Behind the STEM focus is an economic imperative based on ensuring our current and future workforce are prepared for a STEM-based economy in the future via Strengthen relationships between educational institutions, industry, community organizations.
IMPACT ON R&D TRENDS
Research—Interdisciplinary faculty teams have also collaborated on a number of STEM-related DBER projects and have created new opportunities to engage students in authentic research experiences in STEM.
ACTIVITY 1: STEM Education in Saudi Arabia
DESCRIPTION: The research activities will start with the development of a relevant framework of STEM education to our context; then more research work can be devoted to develop the applications of this framework to produce research- based lessons, materials, activities etc. also, research can lead to assess the consequences of this framework and applications in students learning and their future and the impact on our economy.
ACTIVITY 2: Large-Scale Studies in Science and Mathematics Education
DESCRIPTION: The research activities focus on utilizing the rich data in TIMSS and PISA to provide more understanding of our education related to science and mathematics education and to compare us with other countries and support our practice of evidence – based policy in our education in Saudi Arabia.