A systematic review of drone integrated STEM education at secondary schools (2005–2023): Trends, pedagogies, and learning outcomes

Chung Yiu Richard YEUNG, Chi Ho YEUNG, Daner SUN, Chee Kit LOOI

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlespeer-review

1 Citation (Scopus)

Abstract

As the prominence of drone technology continues to captivate interest for its myriad applications in education, an understanding of the current status of drone-integrated education becomes imperative. This systematic review endeavors to furnish an updated and comprehensive analysis of the drone education studies across academic levels, with a specific emphasis on secondary education settings. To accomplish this objective, a review study with 181 publications was conducted, with a particular focus on 41 publications explicitly addressing the integration of drones in secondary STEM education. Employing a systematic approach, this review identifies, analyzes, and synthesizes pertinent literature, ensuring a thorough comprehension of the current state of the field. The key findings of this review can be summarized as follows: 1) Among the diverse array of subjects incorporating drones, STEM disciplines emerge as the most prominently featured. 2) Experiential and project-based learning stand out as the most commonly adopted pedagogical methods in drone-integrated STEM education. The incorporation of teamwork and hands-on activities is frequently cited as instructional strategies aimed at enhancing drone-integrated STEM learning experiences. 3) Beyond the acquisition of drone-related technical skills, the reported learning outcomes encompass a spectrum of aspects, including heightened STEM career awareness, increased engagement and learning interest, and collaborative problem-solving abilities. The findings underscore the potential of drones to ignite passion for STEM subjects among secondary students, achieved through interdisciplinary, hands-on applications that foster problem-solving and design competencies. Copyright © 2024 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Article number104999
JournalComputers & Education
Volume212
Early online dateJan 2024
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2024

Citation

Yeung, R. C. Y., Yeung, C. H., Sun, D., & Looi, C.-K. (2024). A systematic review of drone integrated STEM education at secondary schools (2005–2023): Trends, pedagogies, and learning outcomes. Computers & Education, 212, Article 104999. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.compedu.2024.104999

Keywords

  • Systematic review
  • Drone-integrated learning
  • STEM education
  • Secondary schools
  • PG student publication

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of 'A systematic review of drone integrated STEM education at secondary schools (2005–2023): Trends, pedagogies, and learning outcomes'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.