Overcoming Adversity in STEM Education: The Scientist-Teacher-Student Partnership as an Approach in Teaching Integrated STEM (73459)

Session Information: Primary & Secondary Education
Session Chair: Nkosinathi Nkambule

Thursday, 23 November 2023 12:50
Session: Session 3
Room: Room 605
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 9 (Asia/Tokyo)

In recent years, the number of students who enroll in the STEM stream and opt for STEM careers has been deteriorating. Soon, Malaysia will be in a great predicament due to the insufficiency of STEM workers, which can impede a sturdy nation's development. This distressing situation called for collective efforts among STEM personnel to reexamine classroom practices. Scientist-Teacher-Student Partnership (STSP) is an innovative approach focusing on a tripartite collaboration among scientists, science teachers, and students to deliver more integrated and student-driven science subjects. The partnership provides an avenue for the partners to learn from each other and 'team up' in developing instructional practices that best advocate meaningful learning, interest, and STEM skills among students to overcome adversity in enhancing the quality of the implementation of STEM subjects. The study began in 2017, involving scientists and teachers from three science fields i.e. Biology, Physics and Chemistry. The study focused on developing a model for enhancing science learning. Data were collected through semi-structured interviews with 125 students, nine teachers, and ten scientists. Using the constant comparative data analysis technique, the grounded model of STSP emerged from the data, which consisted of four main themes: collaboration factors, internal factors, institutional factors, and external factors. The findings show that the STSP approach can enhance students' interest in STEM education.

Hidayah Mohd Fadzil, Universiti Malaya, Malaysia
Rohaida Mohd Saat, Universiti Malaya, Malaysia

About the Presenter(s)
Hidayah Mohd Fadzil is an associate professor in the Department of Mathematics and Science Education, Universiti Malaya, Malaysia. Hidayah's research interests is in STEM education. Her current project is on humanizing STEM through STSP partnership.

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Last updated: 2023-02-23 23:45:00