Beyond Boundaries: Pre-Service Teachers’ Experiences of Transdisciplinary Education via STEAM Making Projects
Zoe Falls, University of Nebraska - Lincoln, United States
JCMST Volume 39, Number 1, ISSN 0731-9258 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC USA
Though today's problems are interconnected, complicated, and unpredictable, students continue to gain knowledge in discrete, standardized disciplinary silos. When subject integration is discussed in STEM and STEAM (STEM + Arts) literature, there is little consensus on what constitutes or should constitute integration of the disciplines. Pre-service teachers have been shown to teach in ways that combine the methods and skills they gained during their education with an imitation of the manner in which they were taught. This highlights one of the major institutional barriers underlying integrated STEAM education, as most pre-service teachers are taught, and therefore expect to teach, specialized subjects. This case study used a transdisciplinary approach to problem-based learning and invited pre-service teachers to apply integrated STEAM and practices of making to provide solutions addressing student dropout rates in their local district. Findings show the group struggled to move beyond their initial solution, even though it did not adequately address the problem. Further, this research indicates that students need constructive criticism from an outside voice in addition to support from a mentor to increase their engagement and success.
Falls, Z. (2020). Beyond Boundaries: Pre-Service Teachers’ Experiences of Transdisciplinary Education via STEAM Making Projects. Journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching, 39(1), 19-31. Waynesville, NC USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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