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A Study On The Changes Of Attitude Toward Stem Among Senior High School Girls In Taiwan

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2009 Annual Conference & Exposition


Austin, Texas

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June 14, 2009

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June 14, 2009

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June 17, 2009



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Engineering Education in India, Central and Eastern Asia

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14.120.1 - 14.120.25



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Shi-Jer Lou National Pingtung University of Science and Technology

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C. Ray Diez University of North Dakota

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Hsi-Chi Hsiao Cheng Shiu University

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Wen-Hsiung Wu National Kaohsiung University of Applied Sciences

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Shu-Hsuan Chang National Changhua University of Education

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A Study on the Changes of Attitude toward STEM Among Senior High School Girl Students in Taiwan

Shi-Jer Lou1, C. Ray Diez 2, Hsi-Chi Hsiao3,Wen-Hsiung Wu4& Shu-Hsuan Chang5

1.Graduate Institute of Vocational and Technical Education, National Pingtung University of Science and Technology, Taiwan 2.Department of Technology, University of North Dakota, USA 3.Graduate Institute of Business Management, Cheng Shiu University, Taiwan 4. Department of Information Management, National Kaohsiung University of Applied Science, Taiwan 5.Department of Industrial Education and Technology, National Changhua University of Education, Taiwan

Abstract This study aims to explore the change of attitude toward STEM among senior high school girl students after participating in a solar automatic trolley contest. The questionnaire survey and focus group interviews were adopted as research methodologies. The data was analyzed through attitude scale and the quantitative data and qualitative materials of interview contents. The subjects were the 11th grade girl students in a senior high school who participated in the solar automatic trolley contest in teams. A total of 77 students participated in 18 teams. The results found that 1) books and teachers were their important sources of scientific information and practical teaching was more likely to trigger learning motivation; 2) the advantage of the technology learning was the enhancement of the sense of achievement; the disadvantage was the effect of the effectiveness of work; 3) the learning engineering could cultivate systematic thinking, problem-solving ability; 4) mathematics is an indispensable tool in daily life and teachers have played an important role in mathematics learning. Therefore, the research proposed that school should create more successful learning opportunities as well as provide the models of successful women; schools and businesses should encourage women to grasp learning and working opportunities in STEM field; teachers should strengthen integrated professional knowledge about STEM through special topic production curriculum, strengthen students’ integrated knowledge about STEM.

Keywords: senior high school girl students, STEM, attitude

Lou, S., & Diez, C. R., & Hsiao, H., & Wu, W., & Chang, S. (2009, June), A Study On The Changes Of Attitude Toward Stem Among Senior High School Girls In Taiwan Paper presented at 2009 Annual Conference & Exposition, Austin, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--15623

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