Development of an instrument for science teachers’ perceived readiness in STEM education


Thesis Type: Postgraduate

Institution Of The Thesis: Orta Doğu Teknik Üniversitesi, Faculty of Education, Mathematics and Science Education, Turkey

Approval Date: 2017

Student: AYŞE NİHAN ŞATGELDİ

Supervisor: ÖMER FARUK ÖZDEMİR

Abstract:

The main purpose of this study was to develop an instrument to measure science teachers’ perceived readiness in STEM education. For this purpose, 54 items were written after extensive literature review and interviews with experts. Some of these items were rewritten or omitted as a result of expert opinions and finally 50 items were pilot tested. In the thesis, 306 elementary and secondary science (elementary science, physics, chemistry and biology) teachers participated. To finalize the instrument, out of 50 items in the pilot test, 30 items were retained as a result of factor analysis. The analysis extracted 7 factors for these 30 items. These factors are named as engineering and design, making connections, 21st century skills, local/global problems, performance assessment, STEM interest, and technology usage. With the final version of the instrument, after establishing its validity and reliability, science teachers’ perceptions about their knowledge and skills can be analyzed to understand whether or not teachers can implement STEM education effectively. Also, with the result of this test, weaknesses of teachers can be determined and inservice trainings can be organized accordingly.