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Multi-STEM is a research project that aims to promote the participation of multilingual children in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education.

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Children with a migration background can encounter obstacles in Dutch education.

Developing multilingual strategies for STEM education

Multi-STEM wants to ensure that multilingual children feel seen and heard, and that they can fully participate in education.

Multilingual children possess knowledge and skills in their home language that are lost in a monolingual Dutch environment.

That’s why Multi-STEM is developing an approach where both Dutch and home languages can be used.

Allowing a child to use all of their languages not only improves school performance, but also ensures that the child feels seen and involved.

Recent Blog posts

  • Science Museums Speak More Than One Language

    By incorporating families’ home languages, through translanguaging strategies, STEM museums can become more welcoming. This can in turn lead to increased engagement, curiosity or sense of belonging in science, which is important given that migrant and multilingual groups are currently underrepresented in science.

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  • Do You Want To Discuss It In Farsi?

    I teach math to group 3 & 4, where several children speak Farsi. In this one instance, one of the students already understood the assignment and another one didn’t. So I said: “Do you want to discuss it in Farsi?”. Four eyes squinted back up at me.

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  • Subproject HOME

    The aim of the ‘home’ project is to explore how caregivers can be empowered through the use of translanguaging strategies. …How can parents and caregivers play a role in previewing certain mathematical concepts in the home language as an introduction to what is learned in class?

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