Promoting STEM content epistemology in Technology enhanced collaborative learning environments
Keywords:STEM, collaboration, electronic learning, problem solving
In this paper the exploitationof a technologically supported learning environment is proposed so that teachers gain a deeper understanding of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) content epistemology, they become familiarized with the STEM methodology as well as they realize its added value in education settings. In this paper, a distance learning program (e-course) was developed to train teachers in the STEM teaching methodology. Sixteen teachers of Primary and Secondary sectorsof education participated in the program through implementing the Edmodo collaborative platform. The Cognitive Apprenticeship model, as a model of effective training in STEM methodology, combined with the Jigsaw Collaborative Strategy was applied. The experimental process was conducted in the context of problem-based learning while quantitative analysis was applied for the collection of data. The results of the teachers’ evaluation indicated that their involvement in STEM content implemented in an electronically appropriately designed environment, could enhance literacy in STEM content epistemology and the collaborative skills of learners.
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