Exploring teacher development courses in the lens of integrated STEM education: A holistic multiple case study


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Authors

  • Filiz MUMCU
  • Nilüfer ATMAN USLU
  • Fatih ÖZDİNÇ
  • Bahadır YILDIZ

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.33200/ijcer.1035464

Keywords:

Teacher development, Integrated STEM, Professional development, STEM teachers, Collaborative professional development

Abstract

Integrated STEM education is essential to ensure a more fair representation of disciplines. Failure to do so may result in incomplete learning about other disciplines under the name of STEM education. The implications on how TDCs should be designed for integrated STEM education are essential for in-class STEM education practices. This study compares the three teacher development courses (TDCs) accomplished to support teachers' professional development (PD) for integrated STEM education in terms of pedagogical knowledge, technological knowledge, and strategy. A holistic multiple-case study design was used in this study. Each TDC was considered a case study, and case-specific analyses were made. The findings obtained for each case were then compared. The first TDC included only computer science teachers and showed us the necessity of interdisciplinary work to enhance integrated STEM education. The second TDC showed that this work could be done by integrating the content knowledge of teachers from different disciplines, but the disadvantages of the second TDC were identifying real-world problems, the lack of response to the engineering approach for science and mathematics teachers, and the rigidity of the collaborative working strategy. In the third TDC, we used the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a resource to identify a real-world problem. Then, we focused on the role and purpose of "T"echnology. Finally, we gave the teachers learning tasks to work collaboratively with teachers in their disciplines first and teachers from other disciplines later. This study shows how a TDC should be designed effectively to support teachers' PD for integrated STEM education.

Author Biographies

Filiz MUMCU

Corresponding Author: Filiz Mumcu, filizkuskaya@gmail.com

Filiz MUMCU
MANİSA CELÂL BAYAR ÜNİVERSİTESİ
0000-0001-9371-6734
Türkiye

Nilüfer ATMAN USLU

Nilüfer ATMAN USLU
MANISA CELAL BAYAR UNIVERSITY
0000-0003-2322-4210
Türkiye

Fatih ÖZDİNÇ

Fatih ÖZDİNÇ
AFYON KOCATEPE UNIVERSITY
0000-0003-2150-5019
Türkiye

Bahadır YILDIZ

Bahadır YILDIZ
HACETTEPE UNIVERSITY
0000-0003-4816-3071
Türkiye

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2022-10-30

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MUMCU, F., ATMAN USLU, N., ÖZDİNÇ, F., & YILDIZ, B. (2022). Exploring teacher development courses in the lens of integrated STEM education: A holistic multiple case study. International Journal of Contemporary Educational Research, 9(3), 476–491. https://doi.org/10.33200/ijcer.1035464

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