Volume 7 - Issue 4
Investigate the Reflective Evaluations of Prospective Teacher on STEM Education, Based on Their Experiences with Planning and Implementing STEM Activities
Ali Bozkurt
Gaziantep University
Melike Özyurt
Gaziantep University

Abstract:
This study intends to investigate the reflective evaluations of prospective teacher on STEM education, based on their experiences with planning and implementing STEM activities. The research’s study group, designed qualitatively, is composed of 18 candidate teachers who graduated from the department of mathematics, 16 candidate teachers who graduated from the department of physics, 9 candidate teachers who graduated from the department of physics engineering and one teacher candidate from the department of textile engineering. STEM education programs carried out within the scope of the research lasted for 12 weeks, with four hours per week. Prior to the training programs, it was determined whether the teacher candidates had previous knowledge of STEM. After six weeks of training, study groups were formed which were composed of teacher candidates from different branches. Each team performed, with students, what they thought was an STEM activity in the classrooms. A structured interview was undertaken with the teams following completion of the activities. The content analysis method was used to analyze the data garnered from the interviews. The defining criteria for the STEM activities chosen within the scope of the study were their applicability, their compliance with STEM disciplines, their teaching potential and the features of the learning outcome (product). Teachers mentioned a few problems they encountered during the activities. It was found that the
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