June 23, 2013
June 23, 2013
June 26, 2013
K-12 & Pre-College Engineering
23.1086.1 - 23.1086.19
STEM Think Tank and Conference: Encouraging K-12 Teachers to Integrate STEM in the Classroom (research to practice)Few conferences set out to examine the impact they have on attendees and whether or notthey have met their goals and perhaps research questions beyond a simple satisfactionsurvey. This mixed-methods phenomenological study using surveys and interviewsexamined the influence of the STEM XXX Conference 2012 (TT&C), hosted by theCenter for XXX, on its attendees (i.e. K-12 teachers, K-12 administrators, universityfaculties, and industry). We set out to define how the TT&C influenced the attendees’professional connections, both in type and number, and how teachers’ experiences at theTT&C affected their future use of STEM integration in their classroom. Eighteenteachers participated in a pre-conference survey to establish baseline data, and fourteen ofthese teachers completed the post-conference survey. The pre-conference surveysaddressed attendees’ current professional connections and use of STEM integration. Thepost-conference surveys readdressed attendees’ thoughts on professional connections andSTEM integration, as well as their TT&C experience. We chose to follow up with sixteachers in interviews at the end of the TT&C to pursue some topics in more depth. Theseinterviews, which followed up on the attendees’ responses to pre-conference surveys,were categorized into subthemes related to professional connections and STEMintegration. The interviews were complimented by the data comparison of the pre andpost-conference surveys. Attendees increased their connections at the TT&C. Teachersthought of ways to utilize their new connections in their profession (such as teacher-industry and teacher-university collaborations), using these connections to help enactSTEM into their courses. Participants took STEM integration tools and ideas from theTT&C. Having attended the TT&C the participants were more confident in enactingSTEM into their classrooms and within their schools.
Klein-Gardner, S. S., & Chukwurah, C. T. (2013, June), STEM Think Tank and Conference: Encouraging K-12 Teachers to Integrate STEM in the Classroom Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. https://peer.asee.org/22471
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