Analysis of STEM activities in primary students' science projects in an informal learning environment

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Abstract

This study adopted a researcher-generated framework to analyze STEM activities demonstrated in primary students' science projects in an annual extracurricular event held in Hong Kong. Ten students' project reports were randomly selected from each of the three groups of 24 outstanding, 45 merit, and 68 consolation awarded projects. Content analysis was conducted to code the activities in each project. The coded information was then changed into numerical data for quantitative analysis. The results showed that, in general, more engineering and science activities than technology and mathematics activities were adopted by the primary students in their projects. More projects with the Outstanding Award conducted STEM activities than those projects with Merit and Consolation Awards, and significant group differences existed in the science and mathematics activities. Besides, science activities significantly positively related to engineering and mathematics activities. Furthermore, STEM-related content knowledge of discipline core ideas and crosscutting concepts were reported. This study sheds light on the pattern of STEM activities in students' science projects, and has implications for promoting STEM integration in primary education. Copyright © 2017 Ministry of Science and Technology, Taiwan.
LanguageEnglish
Pages1003-1023
JournalInternational Journal of Science and Mathematics Education
Volume16
Issue number6
Early online dateJun 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2018

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informal learning
Learning Environment
learning environment
science
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mathematics
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Engineering
Content Analysis
primary education
Quantitative Analysis
Annual
Hong Kong
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Citation

So, W. W. M., Zhan, Y., Chow, S. C. F., & Leung, C. F. (2018). Analysis of STEM activities in primary students' science projects in an informal learning environment. International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 16(6), 1003-1023. doi: 10.1007/s10763-017-9828-0

Keywords

  • Science education
  • Science projects
  • STEM integration