Early Childhood Teacher Beliefs About STEAM Education After a Professional Development Conference

Early Childhood Teacher Beliefs About STEAM Education After a Professional Development Conference The success of new pedagogies depends on teachers’ beliefs about what they entail, and the promises and challenges they hold. This study uses a mixed-methods approach to understand the beliefs of early childhood teachers who attended a professional development conference on STEAM teaching, an emerging approach that combine STEM disciplines and the arts through problem-based learning to engage students and push deep thinking. Data from a post-conference survey (N = 41) and follow-up interviews (N = 4) showed teachers varied in their beliefs about STEAM and the supports they needed to implement it successfully. Implications for teacher education are discussed. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Early Childhood Education Journal Springer Journals

Early Childhood Teacher Beliefs About STEAM Education After a Professional Development Conference

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Publisher
Springer Journals
Copyright
Copyright © 2017 by Springer Science+Business Media, LLC
Subject
Education; Learning and Instruction; Education, general; Sociology of Education; Sociology, general
ISSN
1082-3301
eISSN
1573-1707
D.O.I.
10.1007/s10643-017-0875-5
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Abstract

The success of new pedagogies depends on teachers’ beliefs about what they entail, and the promises and challenges they hold. This study uses a mixed-methods approach to understand the beliefs of early childhood teachers who attended a professional development conference on STEAM teaching, an emerging approach that combine STEM disciplines and the arts through problem-based learning to engage students and push deep thinking. Data from a post-conference survey (N = 41) and follow-up interviews (N = 4) showed teachers varied in their beliefs about STEAM and the supports they needed to implement it successfully. Implications for teacher education are discussed.

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Early Childhood Education JournalSpringer Journals

Published: Aug 8, 2017

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