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Title: STEM Distance Teaching: Investigating STEM Teachers’ Attitudes, Barriers, and Training Needs
Authors: Tzafilkou, Katerina
Perifanou, Maria
Economides, Anastasios A.
Type: Article
Subjects: FRASCATI::Natural sciences::Computer and information sciences
FRASCATI::Social sciences::Educational sciences
FRASCATI::Engineering and technology::Electrical engineering, Electronic engineering, Information engineering
Keywords: distance education
STEM barriers
STEM teachers’ needs
STEM distance teaching
STEM teachers
teachers' training
Issue Date: 5-Nov-2022
Publisher: MDPI
Source: Education Sciences
Volume: 12
Issue: 11
First Page: 790
Abstract: Abstract The aim of this study was to investigate STEM teachers’ attitude towards STEM Distance Teaching (DT), as well as their perceived barriers and training needs. A mixed survey was conducted on 158 STEM teachers in secondary education who taught their courses fully online due to COVID-19. The results revealed that STEM teachers perceive STEM DT quite positively, but their attitude can be affected by several factors, such as the efficiency of the schools’ digital infrastructure, as well as their gender, age, and STEM teaching subject. The qualitative thematic analysis identified several barriers to efficiently applying STEM DT, including the (i) lack of students’ interaction and engagement, (ii) inefficiency of digital infrastructure, (iii) lack of students’ and teachers’ digital skills, (iv) lack of space/equipment, and (v) increased teaching workload. The generated themes of training needs highlighted the need for targeted and adjusted training to every STEM discipline, as well as training on DT tools and pedagogies. Finally, the results indicated the STEM teachers’ need for psychological support and consulting.
ISSN: 2227-7102
Other Identifiers: 10.3390/educsci12110790
Appears in Collections:Department of Economics

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