THE EFFECT OF A STEM TEACHING INTERVENTION ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF PRACTICES FOR PLANNING INVESTIGATIONS

Panagiotis Antonopoulos, Michael Skoumios

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The purpose of the present paper is to investigate the contribution of a STEM teaching intervention to the development of practices for planning investigations in high-school students. STEM instructional material was developed based on the constructivist approach to learning with the use of science and engineering practices. The instructional material included a weather station consisting of a microcontroller with humidity, temperature, pressure, light intensity and raindrop sensors. The instructional material developed was implemented in 38 high-school students and the data was collected through a questionnaire completed by the students before and after the end of the teaching intervention. The research data included students’ answers to the questionnaires. The data analysis showed that the students are able to develop and use practices for planning investigations through the implementation of the instructional material that was constructed.

 

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STEM instructional material, planning investigations, weather station

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