The STEM Education and its reflection on the secondary school science lesson draft curriculum
This research aims to identify to what extent the Science Lesson Draft Curriculum (SLDC) prepared by the Ministry of National Education (MoNE) in 2017 is influenced by the STEM education. The research utilized document analysis method, and content and descriptive analysis methods were used during data analysis. Upon analyzing the findings related to the level of influence of the student characteristics aiming to be trained by STEM education in the 7th and 8th grade on SLDC, frequency values have been determined as; creativity/productivity is 24, entrepreneurship is 8, researcher/questioner is 42, collaboration is 7, explorer is 29, drawing inference is 14, communication is 10, innovative thinking is 19 and problem solving is 24. When findings regarding the influence level of the characteristics of the STEM education on the SLDC have been analyzed, being application oriented is 61, integrating different disciplines is 9, product design is 55 and scientific research is 31. Considering the distribution of STEM disciplines for the 7th grade SLDC acquisitions, the highest correlation among the 7th grade acquisitions was achieved with 28 acquisitions by Science-Engineering; the fields of Science and Engineering with 33 acquisitions in the 8th grade. As a result; STEM is reflected to the 7th and 8th grade SLCD acquisitions at a significant level when examined in the context of the features of STEM and student characteristics intended to be trained by STEM training.
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