Personalisation in STE(A)M education: a review of literature from 2011 to 2020

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This paper reports a comprehensive review of literature on personalised learning in STEM and STEAM (or STE(A)M) education, which involves the disciplinary integration of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, as well as Arts. The review covered the contexts of STE(A)M education where personalised learning was adopted, the objectives of personalised learning and research issues, and various aspects of practising personalisation. A total of 72 publications from 2011 to 2020 were collected from Scopus for review. The results reveal the widespread studies in this area across various countries/territories, levels of education, subject disciplines, and modes of education. The most common objective of personalised learning lied in catering for learning styles. The issue most frequently addressed focused on evaluating the effectiveness of technologies for personalised learning. Blended learning and learning analytics are the most popular means to achieve personalised learning. Among various aspects of learning, learning material is the one most frequently addressed. Also, the factors and criteria for personalising learning were summarised, which reveal the heterogeneous nature of learners who have their own learning ability, interest, style and progress. The results suggest more research on interdisciplinary and integrative approaches for STE(A)M learning to examine how personalisation can be applied effectively, as well as more investigation on integrating personalisation with the pedagogies and elements commonly introduced to STE(A)M education.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Computing in Higher Education
Publication statusPublished - 26 Oct 2022


  • Personalisation
  • Personalised learning
  • STEAM education
  • STEM education


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