EXAMINING TEACHERS' VIEWS ON STEM EDUCATION

Ayten Pınar Bal, Sümeyye Güner Bedir

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The aim of this study is to reveal the opinions of teachers who apply STEM education in science and mathematics lessons about this education. The research is designed according to a case study of qualitative research methods. The study group of the research consists of four STEM educated teachers. Semi-structured interview form was used as data collection tool in the study. The data were analysed by content analysis. Within the scope of the validity and reliability of the data obtained from the research, participant confirmation and expert control strategies were used. As a result of the research, the teachers stated that STEM education is related to the fields of science, mathematics, engineering and technology. They stated that STEM is a necessity of our age and includes basic skills. In addition, regarding the in-class implementation of STEM-based activities, the participants emphasized that STEM practice increase student success, improve students' sense of self-confidence, make learning easier and permanent, associate lessons with daily life, conduct lessons with fun, and ensure collaborative learning. However, during the implementation of these activities, teachers stated that they mostly experienced problems with classroom management, implementation of the activities and lack of equipment.

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STEM, STEM education, STEM-based activities, semi-structured interview

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