Changes in science teachers' conceptions and connections of STEM concepts and earthquake engineering


Cavlazoglu B., Stuessy C.

JOURNAL OF EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH, cilt.110, ss.239-254, 2017 (SSCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 110 Konu: 3
  • Basım Tarihi: 2017
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1080/00220671.2016.1273176
  • Dergi Adı: JOURNAL OF EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.239-254

Özet

The authors find justification for integrating science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) in the complex problems that today's students will face as tomorrow's STEM professionals. Teachers with individual subject-area specialties in the STEM content areas have limited experience in integrating STEM. In this study, the authors investigated the conceptual changes of secondary school teachers teaching domain-specific STEM courses after a week-long professional development experience integrating earthquake engineering and domain-specific concepts. They documented and then triangulated outcomes of the experience using participating teachers' concept maps and teacher-generated written materials, respectively. Statistical comparisons of participants' concept maps revealed significant increases in their overall understanding of earthquake engineering and more accurate linkages with and among science domain-specific concepts. Content analyses of teachers' learning products confirmed the concept map analysis and also provided evidence of transfer of workshop learning experiences into teacher-designed curriculum products accurately linking earthquake engineering and domain-specific STEM content knowledge.