Teacher Dispositions Toward Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)
Wednesday, March 4 1:45 PM-2:15 PM Location: Amazon M
Presider: Jason Black, Florida A&M University, MIS, School of Business, United States
Abstract: Dispositions of middle school teachers in an NSF-funded Innovative Technologies project as well as teachers in two other STEM enrichment programs are compared with those of preservice educators from a midwestern university in the USA. Comparisons are based on the preservice and inservice educators’ completion of the same attitude instruments. Major findings are that teachers from different regions of the US and in programs supported by National Science Foundation versus state or corporate funds have highly similar, positive attitudes toward Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), as well as STEM as a career. These findings can be contrasted with much less positive dispositions found in preservice teacher education candidates and in middle school students. Implications of these findings for selecting new STEM teachers, as well as factors that may encourage teachers to embrace and remain in STEM teaching, are discussed.