Integrating STEM Education with Local Culture in Indonesia: Teachers’ Perspective and Practice (76099)

Session Information: Teaching Experiences, Pedagogy, Practice & Praxis
Session Chair: Susilawati Susilawati

Saturday, 25 November 2023 15:05
Session: Session 3
Room: Room A (Live Stream)
Presentation Type: Live-Stream Presentation

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STEM education based on local culture produces a more contextual and meaningful learning experience for students. However, the practical execution has led to numerous issues. The study aims to describe the challenges teachers face in implementing STEM education based on local culture and explore the teacher practice related to understanding and teaching strategies in STEM education. The total participants were 143 teachers who teach science, social, and other subjects. The data were collected by survey method and analyzed with descriptive statistics. The results show that 51% of teachers answered that integrating local culture into learning is essential because it can preserve local culture and introduce culture to the younger generation by presenting contextual learning. However, 59.4% of teachers have never applied STEM in learning, and 40.6% of teachers are still confused about its application, though they have heard of STEM before. The data indicated that the teachers faced many challenges regarding their understanding, practical constraints, teaching strategies, and STEM integrated with local wisdom. Notably, the findings show that most teachers have a lack of understanding of how to link STEM education and local contextual values. The strategy of integrating culture into learning is considered the most effective if it is done by developing teaching materials based on STEM. The implication of teaching strategies of STEM education related to local wisdom is discussed.
Keywords: local culture, STEM, contextual learning

Susilawati Susilawati, Universitas Syiah Kuala, Indonesia
Hizir Sofyan, Universitas Syiah Kuala, Indonesia
Syahrul Ridha, Universitas Syiah Kuala, Indonesia
Sri Wahyuni, Universitas Syiah Kuala, Indonesia
Yopi Ilhamsyah, Universitas Syiah Kuala, Indonesia

About the Presenter(s)
Dr Susilawati Susilawati is a University Assistant Professor/Lecturer at Universitas Syiah Kuala in Indonesia

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Posted by Clive Staples Lewis

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