Pre-Service Science Teachers Views on Stem Materials and Stem Competition in Instructional Technologies and Material Development Course

Ali Cetin, Nuri Balta


APA 6th edition
Cetin, A., & Balta, N. (2017). Pre-Service Science Teachers Views on Stem Materials and Stem Competition in Instructional Technologies and Material Development Course. European Journal of Educational Research, 6(3), 279 - 288. doi:10.12973/eu-jer.6.3.279

Harvard
Cetin A., and Balta N. 2017 'Pre-Service Science Teachers Views on Stem Materials and Stem Competition in Instructional Technologies and Material Development Course', European Journal of Educational Research , vol. 6, no. 3, pp. 279 - 288. Available from: http://dx.doi.org/10.12973/eu-jer.6.3.279

Chicago 16th edition
Cetin, Ali and Balta, Nuri . "Pre-Service Science Teachers Views on Stem Materials and Stem Competition in Instructional Technologies and Material Development Course". (2017)European Journal of Educational Research 6, no. 3(2017): 279 - 288. doi:10.12973/eu-jer.6.3.279

Abstract

This qualitative study was designed to introduce STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) activities to pre-service science teachers and identify their views about STEM materials. In this context, a competition was organized with 42 pre-service science teachers (13 male- 29 female) who took Instructional Technologies and Material Development course in Elementary Science Education Department in Siirt University. The competition consisted of 5 categories: balloon powered car, mousetrap car, water rocket, spaghetti bridge 1 (durability) and spaghetti bridge 2 (visuality). Structured interview form developed by researchers was used as data collection instrument. The results were analyzed with the conventional content analysis. Results indicated that participants (especially females) are more willing to use STEM materials in their future teaching life. Participants mostly believe that STEM materials facilitate learning, enhance retention and increase self-confidence. However, there are also pre-service science teachers who believe that preparation of STEM materials is difficult, takes too much time and not appropriate to students’ levels.

Keywords: Pre-service science teachers, science demonstrations, science education, STEM education, STEM materials.


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