Changes in Teacher Dispositions Among Participants in Hands-on Teaching of a STEM Curriculum



Going Green! Middle Schoolers Out to Save the World (MSOSW) focuses on students using energy monitoring equipment to assess the amount of standby power consumed by their home entertainment devices and appliances when not performing any useful functions. This program focuses on improving the STEM pipeline by preparing both teachers and students in engaging activities aimed at creating and increasing interest in STEM careers for students. Teachers who participated in this hands-on, real world curriculum project, that included professional development, project tools and resources, gained in their dispositions toward engineering, mathematics and constructivist teaching style compared to teachers who did not participate in the program. This paper presents findings comparing treatment and comparison teachers’ STEM dispositions, technology integration levels and constructivist teaching style.


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Conference proceeding
R. Christensen
Gerald Knezek
Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education
Informal Learning and Afterschool
STEM Career Opportunities and Workforce Development
STEM Content and Standards
Teacher Professional Development and Pedagogy
Youth Motivation and Interests in STEM
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Additional Disciplines
Environmental Science - general
Environmental Science - climate modeling
Environmental Science - ecological research and analysis