Share Paper: STEAM games are good for learning in elementary schools: A study of teacher professional development in the Philippines.

  1. Jane Hunter, University of Technology Sydney, Australia, Australia
  2. Terry Fitzgerald, University of Technology Sydney, Australia, Australia
Wednesday, April 8 12:30-12:45 PM Room 4 -

Abstract: In a study on digital game-based learning in five high-poverty elementary schools in the Philippines, the teachers’ professional development experiences were investigated. Research conducted for the study was part of a university-industry partnership with the developer of a new platform designed to give teachers and students experience of integrated Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) curriculum in an innovative digital game-based format with elements of coding, robotics and project-based learning. Findings suggest that teachers found it highly effective for engaging students more in learning, with fewer student absentees recorded across the five-week intervention. While noteworthy satisfaction with the program ...