Assessing preschool teachers’ challenges and needs for creativity in STEM education / Muhammad Syawal Amran … [et al.]

Amran, Muhammad Syawal and Abu Bakar, Kamariah and Surat, Shahlan and Mahmud, Siti Nur Diyana and Mohd Shafie, Amirul Anwar (2021) Assessing preschool teachers’ challenges and needs for creativity in STEM education / Muhammad Syawal Amran … [et al.]. Asian Journal of University Education (AJUE), 17 (3): 10. pp. 99-108. ISSN 2600-9749

Abstract

Creativity in teaching is important in order to ensure children are engaged in learning Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). However, previous research has claimed creativity in learning STEM for children is not adequately supported by teacher in classroom due to the lack of preparation, content knowledge and skills. This study aims to assess the needs and challenges of promoting creativity in STEM education. In this study, preschool teachers (n= 22) were interviewed as they are the key informants who are involved in STEM education. The semi-structured interviews were analysed using qualitative content analysis and were qualitatively coded. Results illustrate that there are several distinctive themes identified as described by the participants when discussing the needs and challenges of implementing integrated creativity skill in STEM education as well as the support that would be most helpful in overcoming them. The results highlighted a huge gap between creativity knowledge and the implementation of creativity in STEM education. Participants also provided specific support needed to integrate creativity in STEM education. Preliminary findings suggest that many teachers are interested in integrating creativity skills in STEM education. This research sheds light on the needs and challenges for professional pre-school teachers by providing them pedagogical module as well as professional training to promote creativity in teaching STEM.

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Item Type: Article
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Email / ID Num.
Amran, Muhammad Syawal
syawal@ukm.edu.my
Abu Bakar, Kamariah
kamariah_abubakar@ukm.edu.my
Surat, Shahlan
drshahlan@ukm.edu.my
Mahmud, Siti Nur Diyana
diyana@ukm.edu.my
Mohd Shafie, Amirul Anwar
amirulnua@gmail.com
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > Performance. Competence. Academic achievement
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > Preschool education. Nursery schools
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > School administration and organization
Divisions: Universiti Teknologi MARA, Selangor > Puncak Alam Campus > Faculty of Education
Journal or Publication Title: Asian Journal of University Education (AJUE)
UiTM Journal Collections: UiTM Journal > Asian Journal of University Education (AJUE)
ISSN: 2600-9749
Volume: 17
Number: 3
Page Range: pp. 99-108
Keywords: Creativity Skills, Needs and Challenges, STEM
Date: 2021
URI: https://ir.uitm.edu.my/id/eprint/53815
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