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STEM Programs at Primary School: Teachers Views and Concerns About Teaching “Digital Technologies”

Authors : Tanya Linden, Therese Keane, Anie Sharma, Andreea Molnar

Published in: Towards a Collaborative Society Through Creative Learning

Publisher: Springer Nature Switzerland

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Abstract

Modern technology is ubiquitous across all facets of life. The continuously evolving STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education landscape has provided an excellent opportunity to integrate the knowledge of digital technology to solve STEM-based project problems. However, there is no consistency in how STEM programs are taught across Australian primary schools. Whilst primary school teachers have integrated technology into their classroom, the teaching of the Technology discipline has been very patchy. Moreover, using technology such as computers is not the same as learning about computer hardware or about writing software to make it function. To achieve effective integration of technology in teaching and learning, we need to educate and encourage students to become creators of digital solutions rather than consumers, which in turn requires primary school teachers to have the confidence and capacity to teach students this specialized discipline. To address this gap, this study focuses on primary school teachers’ intentions, beliefs, and perspectives on teaching Technology, as well as teaching STEM subjects overall. Understanding these beliefs and perspectives will help in building teachers’ capacity and ultimately improving learning processes for primary school children. The paper reports on one phase of the project – a pilot study investigating the attitudes of primary school teachers towards meaningful integration of digital technologies in primary school programs conducted through the lens of the conceptual framework for the Dimensions of Attitudes towards Science (DAS). The preliminary findings demonstrate an urgency in addressing primary school teachers needs in getting access to knowledge and resources to build their capacity in the Technology discipline.

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Metadata
Title
STEM Programs at Primary School: Teachers Views and Concerns About Teaching “Digital Technologies”
Authors
Tanya Linden
Therese Keane
Anie Sharma
Andreea Molnar
Copyright Year
2023
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-43393-1_4

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