Resources Needed by Teachers to Promote STEM in Their Classroom
Tuesday, March 27 1:45 PM-2:45 PM
Presider:Wei-Fan Chen, The Pennsylvania State University, United States
This paper explores teachers’ perceptions of the challenges of teaching in relation to the resources teachers need to effectively teach STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) in the classroom. Surveys were completed by 121 educators who registered and chaperoned middle and high school students at two, hands-on student STEM programs. While their students were attending the programs, the teachers were either attending a concurrent teacher conference or observing students at the event. The programs occurred in the fall of 2017 at two universities, where over 1700 students enrolled in the programs. This research asked teachers to list up to five obstacles that prevented them from effectively teaching STEM in their classrooms and to list where they looked for resources. Three out of four teachers identified money as the major obstacle in the way of effectively educating their students. Some teachers, however, did not see any obstacles preventing them from effectively teaching their students indicating that resources are not an obstacle for STEM education in some schools. Additionally, the majority of teachers listed the Internet as their choice place to find new ideas for teaching challenging concepts to their classes.