IRMA-International.org: Creator of Knowledge
Information Resources Management Association
Advancing the Concepts & Practices of Information Resources Management in Modern Organizations

Exploring K-3 Educator Perspectives on STEM Learning: Lessons Learned From a Professional Development Training

Exploring K-3 Educator Perspectives on STEM Learning: Lessons Learned From a Professional Development Training
View Sample PDF
Author(s): Esther Ntuli (Idaho State University, USA), Beverly B. Ray (Idaho State University, USA) and Berverly B. Ray (Idaho State University, USA)
Copyright: 2022
Volume: 5
Issue: 1
Pages: 15
Source title: International Journal of Teacher Education and Professional Development (IJTEPD)
Editor(s)-in-Chief: Molly Y. Zhou (Dalton State College, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/IJTEPD.2022010103

Purchase


Abstract

Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) instruction has become a priority b across the globe in recent years. Elementary educators are seeking ways to integrate STEM in all areas of learning. However, research indicates that most elementary teachers grapple with identifying and using appropriate STEM tools and instructional strategies that teach STEM as an integrated subject. This paper reports on an exploratory study examining the experiences of K-3 teachers (n=26) who contributed to the development of a summer STEM institute. It also examines in greater detail the perceptions of twelve of those participants who participated in the professional development institute. The study used quantitative and qualitative approaches to collect and analyze data. Findings indicate that teachers appreciate the use of inexpensive STEM tools and that they recognize the potential that an integrated STEM project-based learning approach has for young students. Implications for teacher education and professional development are offered along with recommendations for future research.

Related Content

Ellen Abakah. © 2022. 15 pages.
Peter Adamy, Amy Correia, David Byrd. © 2022. 18 pages.
Esther Ntuli, Beverly B. Ray, Berverly B. Ray. © 2022. 15 pages.
Fitsum F. Abebe, Martonia Gaskill, Tommy Hansen, Xianquan Liu. © 2022. 16 pages.
Ngoc Tung Vu, Thao Thi Thu Nguyen, Hoa Hoang. © 2022. 16 pages.
Arnab Kundu, Tripti Bej. © 2022. 20 pages.
Eleni Meletiadou. © 2022. 14 pages.
Body Bottom