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A striking trend in recent years is the active involvement of representatives of the business community in the development and implementation of various educational programs for schoolchildren. Moreover, it is important to note that this is not just about participating in financing of specific programs only, but also about a meaningful partnership in the development and implementation of such programs, when the business acts as a customer for the development of such programs, as a content partner, and as a medium, space of implementation of the educational programs.

The educational programs for schoolchildren include the following: summer schools, championships for solving business cases, educational visits to enterprises, training centers, interdisciplinary study dives, high technology week, school technopark, interactive museums of science, internships at enterprises, etc.

This partnership is particularly important for the implementation of STEAM education programs, since innovative business can act as a direct carrier, a producer of modern technologies that are so interesting for the contemporary youth (the technologies are a product of interdisciplinary research and design development), and as an attractive environment of active engineering and social creativity, and as a source of specialists helping teachers to develop programs, and as the customer of decisions developed by schoolchildren and simultaneously the space for their possible practical realization.

In addition, it is innovative business that proves to be one of the most interested parties in the implementation of such educational programs, since young people are both the future human resources of innovation industry enterprises and the main consumers of its products and services, thereby the business can really influence the upbringing of this growing generation of workers and buyers.

All this shows the importance of these processes of business and education cooperation. This socio-pedagogical phenomenon needs to be researched, comprehended, its existing difficulties and problems should be discovered, its positive experience, effective programs and mechanisms of interaction described and presented to the community.

The book presents the experience of implementing educational programs, first of all, the STEAM-education programs for adolescents implemented jointly by the innovative business and schools, teachers, scientific and educational organizations, as well as the materials by the researchers, dedicated to understanding the general pedagogical foundations and capabilities of such programs and analysis of their effectiveness.

Discussing the experience and effects, the results of implementing such programs, the authors describe and analyze them at various levels, trying to answer the following questions:

1. Interaction of business and education and territorial development.

How are educational programs implemented jointly by people of education, business, representatives of the local community, influence the socio-cultural situation in the region? How can education change due to the expansion and deepening of a partnership between business and schools, interaction with the environment, society? How can regional (state and other) authorities support such programs?

2. Social partnership with education as a part of business development strategy.

What can positive effects for business arise from a partnership with the education system? What are the conditions for the effective business organization of educational programs for schoolchildren? What are the effective mechanisms for interaction between business and schools?

3. Partnership with business and new tasks of the school.

How to organize the mutually beneficial cooperation between teachers, schools and innovative business? How to help the schools build the perspective of its development in the modern world? How to integrate STEAM programs into the school curriculum?

4. Implementation of extracurricular educational projects.

What is the effectiveness of extracurricular education programs? How to cooperate with out-of-school educational projects with business and parents as potential customers and program participants? How to organize cooperation with schools? How to combine the requirement to work with a bigger number of students and the importance of maintaining the quality of educational programs?

5. Influence of partnership with business on updating methods of organization of educational process.

How to attract schoolchildren to study the subjects of the cycle of natural sciences in the programs of STEAM-education? How to make school education more practice-oriented? How to combine the depth in details with the use of the project approach, the case study method and the need for systematic study of science within the school curriculum? How to help teenagers in the process of learning at school to get acquainted with modern professions and professionals, to form a positive image of their future?

About the Contributors

Mikhail Epshtein received his Ph.D. in Pedagogy from St. Petersburg State Pedagogical University in 1998. Now he is Associate Professor in School of Educa- tion, College of Staten Island, CUNY (since 2016). He was the associate professor in St. Petersburg State University (2019-2016), St. Petersburg, Russia Areas of his research interests are alternative education, history of pedagogy, an interaction of business and education in the implementation of STEAM-programs with schoolchil- dren. He is engaged in the implementation of relevant projects in practice working in non-profit organizations and projects: School League (CEO, 2010-2015), Korczak Institute for Alternative Education (leader, 2006 - present.), the Educational center “Uchastie” (CEO, 1991-present).

Anastasia Azbel lives in St. Petersburg, she works at the St. Petersburg State University. While still inspired by the works of the famous American psychologist Erik Erikson, she defended her thesis on the psychology of education about the mechanisms of the emergence of a person’s professional identity at school age. Now the main work of Anastasia is connected with the preparation of students, future teachers to work with teenagers. At the same time, Anastasia herself continues to work with teenagers in schools in St. Petersburg, youth conferences, the federal project “School league” (Rosnano) and the summer school “Nanograd”. Working with teenagers as a teacher in the program “Literary Creativity” in the educational center “Sirius” (Sochi) helps to meet with students from different parts of Russia. In her work with students, schoolchildren and even with the education of her daughter, Anastasia adheres to a simple principle: good and happy adults grow out of good and happy children.

Elizabeth Dalzell is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Business and ICT, UCOL in New Zealand.

Gittel Grant is the President of STEM Advancement Inc, a community-minded company that aims to make STEM accessible to all students. Gittel has been instru- mental in designing and implementing middle school STEM and will continue as Head of Science Programming in the coming year. With over a decade of classroom experience, Gittel has a keen perspective on how to meet critical performance cri- teria through active learning and student engagement. In the past few years, Gittel expanded her horizons by delving into curriculum development. Gittel worked as a curriculum developer for Code Advantage – a company providing computer and technology education to elementary school students. After studying abroad in a STEM immersion program, Gittel began developing her own middle school STEM Curriculum. She currently designs STEM, PBL, and Innovation workshops for teachers. Gittel has presented STEM Curricula internationally, including countries such as India, Russia, and Columbia. Gittel also recently received a grant from Real World Scholars in recognition of her contributions to the education community in terms of PBL and STEM. Gittel enjoys a good STEM challenge, MythBusters, and lives at home with her favorite nerds.

Leonid Ilyushin is a professor at the St. Petersburg State University and the Higher School of Economics. He teaches students that will be future teachers doing courses related to educational policy and the construction of various educational models. At the beginning of his educational career, Leonid worked in the UK as a school teacher and researcher. Together with famous British scientists - Professor Joe Elliott and Dr. Neil Hufton (Sunderland University) wrote the book “Motivation and Involvement in Educational Activity: International Perspectives in the Context of Learning”. In 2004-2008, Leonid Ilyushin worked as the head of the department for modernization of education in the government of St. Petersburg.

Elena Kazakova is a professor, Doctor of Pedagogical Sciences, St. Petersburg State University.

Tatiana Klimova is a senior lecturer of the Department of General and Applied Psychology of the Moscow Orthodox University St. John the Theologian, Moscow, Russia.

Irina Lyublinskaya received her Ph.D. in Theoretical and Mathematical Physics from Leningrad State University in 1991. She is a professor of science and math- ematics education at the College of Staten Island/CUNY and a doctoral faculty at the CUNY Graduate Center, Urban Education. She has taught at the university as well as the high school level for over 30 years. Her professional interests include curriculum development and research in the area of integrating technology into mathematics and science education, pre-service and in-service professional develop- ment of mathematics and science teachers. She is a recipient of various awards for teaching excellence, including Radioshack/Tandy Prize for Teaching Excellence in Mathematics, Science, and Computer Science, NSTA Distinguished Science Teach- ing Award and citation, Education’s Unsung Heroes Award for innovation in the classroom, and NSTA Vernier Technology Award. In 2011, she has been inducted to NYS Mathematics Educators Hall of Fame. She is recipients of several outstand- ing paper awards from AACE and SITE. Dr. Lyublinskaya is an author of 18 books about teaching of mathematics and science, co-author of 6 chapters in books, and has published substantially in internationally recognized academic journals.

Larisa Matyukhina is Head of the Department of Youth Innovation Programs of Penza Regional Association of Business Incubators.

Sergei Mikhelson is a High School Mathematics Teacher, works in Little Red Schoolhouse and Elisabeth Irwin High School (NY, USA), since 2008.

Maximilian Pivovarov is General Director, “KidBurg” Group of Companies.

Valery Puzyrevsky is a candidate of philosophy, by education - the history teacher, deputy director for scientific and methodological work of the educational center “Uchastie”, leading expert in the “School League RUSNANO” program, author of interdisciplinary educational programs and programs in the field of STEM- education for schoolchildren, St. Petersburg, Russia.

Stephanie Sheehan is currently Graduate student at the College of Staten Island, studying for her Masters degree in Secondary Mathematics Education. Additionally, Stephanie is a High School Mathematics Teacher, teaching Algebra 1 and Honors Algebra 2 in a Title 1 school in New York City. Stephanie has been a speaker at several conferences, and has presented at the Undergraduate Research Conference at the College of Staten Island. Additionally, Stephanie is an Activities Editor for the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM).

Ekaterina Skakovskaya is project manager, YouthBridge München.

Stanislav Skibinski is Director, European Janusz Korczak Academy.

Anne Steele is a Lecturer at the School of Business and ICT, UCOL in New Zealand.

Kawtar Tani is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Business and ICT, UCOL in New Zealand.

Aleksandra Tesakova studied at the Tomsk State University, specialty “philology” (2012), at the St. Petersburg State University on the program “Intercultural Education” (2015), organizer of educational programs for adolescents, St. Petersburg, Russia.

Dmitry Vinogradov is a teacher of informatics, deputy director of the school “Exupery”, organizer of programs in the field of STEM-education for adolescents, member of The International Association of Experts in Children Education on High Technologies, Riga, Latvia.

Carin Wright is a Lecturer at the School of Business and ICT, UCOL in New Zealand.

Alexey Yushkov is associate professor, High School of Economics, the expert at School League RUSNANO, author of teaching aids for children 1-10 grades on educational research and projects, and recommendations for teachers.

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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication

Data Names: Epshtein, Mikhail, 1965- editor.

Title: Business community engagement for educational initiatives / Mikhail Epshtein, editor.

Description: Hershey PA : Business Science Reference, [2019]

Identifiers: LCCN 2018011659| ISBN 9781522569510 (hardcover) | ISBN 9781522569527 (ebook)

Subjects: LCSH: Business and education. | Community and school. | Educational planning.

Classification: LCC LC1085 .B88 2019 | DDC 371.19/5–dc23 LC record available at

This book is published in the IGI Global book series Advances in Educational Technologies and Instructional Design (AETID) (ISSN: 2326-8905; eISSN: 2326-8913)

All work contributed to this book is new, previously-unpublished material. The views expressed in this book are those of the authors, but not necessarily of the publisher.

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