Enhancing Literacy Skills Through STEM Activities: A Case for STREAM


  • Dr. Maryann T. Tobin University of Miami




STEM, literacy skills, STREAM, cross-curricular pedagogy


The current buzz around STEM and the increased push towards programs that feature mathematics and the sciences give those of us in the literacy world pause, as we see the research funding pendulum swinging away from us and towards this shiny and new curriculum paradigm. But, what is presented here is an olive branch between literacy and STEM instruction and a perhaps a new way to view cross-curricular pedagogy. STREAM (Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) is a robust, multimodal approach for improving science, mathematics and literacy skills by embedding dynamic and artistic literacy-building activities into Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) units (Breiner, Harkness, Johnson, & Koehler, 2012).


Author Biography

  • Dr. Maryann T. Tobin, University of Miami

    Dr. Maryann T. Tobin ([email protected]) is the Executive Director of Programs for the University of Miami's College of Arts and Sciences. She oversees the development and delivery of the college's professional master's degree programs. Dr. Tobin's research areas include multimodal literacy instruction, problem-based learning, online education, and simulation-based learning. She is co-editor of the Florida Reading Journal, the official research publication of Florida's International Literacy Association affiliate. As recognition for her scholarship, service, and leadership in the field of Education, Dr. Tobin was named to the 2012-2013 Class of Emerging Leaders with Phi Delta Kappa International.

Enhancing Literacy Skills through STEM Activities: A Case for STREAM






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How to Cite

Tobin, M. T. (2016). Enhancing Literacy Skills Through STEM Activities: A Case for STREAM. Georgia Journal of Literacy, 39(2), 15-17. https://doi.org/10.56887/galiteracy.49

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