Achieving Quality Learning Through STEM Education Towards Kindergarten Teachers’ Perceptions
Keywords:STEM Education, 21st Century Learning, Quality Learning, Best Practice
STEM Education is one of the elements that need to be applied in 21st Century Education (PAK- 21). However, STEM Education is given less attention by many early childhood education (ECE) teachers due to various factors that influence its implementation in kindergartens such as lack of exposure to STEM Education information and many more. This study was conducted to see the perceptions of kindergarten teachers on how they think about the importance of STEM Education itself in order to ensure the quality of children's learning can be achieved through STEM Education at the early schooling level. The objectives of this study are (i) to explore the best practices of teaching STEM Education; (ii) to explore the accessibility of informative knowledge through STEM education; (iii) to explore the integration of STEM disciplines in STEM activities; and (iv) to explore the implementation of STEM activities in teaching and learning sessions. There were 4 participants selected in this study and they were kindergarten teachers with different backgrounds. Besides that, a set of interview protocols was used as an instrument in this study containing 16 questions. Data were analyzed using NVIVO software version 10. The findings of the study found that there are various methods, strategies, techniques, and creative teaching methods that can be used in STEM education because it will provide quality learning to children holistically. In line with the agenda of the Ministry of Education Malaysia in elevating STEM Education, it is hoped that the study will be a reference for ECE teachers.
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