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ERIC Number: EJ1071571
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jul
Pages: 27
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1059-7069
Assessment of Creativity in Arts and STEM Integrated Pedagogy by Pre-Service Elementary Teachers
Tillman, Daniel A.; An, Song A.; Boren, Rachel L.
Journal of Technology and Teacher Education, v23 n3 p301-327 Jul 2015
In education, mathematics and science are often taught in a manner that lacks opportunities for students to engage in creativity, and the arts are allotted less time with fewer resources. This study focused on integrating STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) lessons with arts-themed activities to create interdisciplinary STEAM education in order to simultaneously address these two contemporary challenges. Teams of pre-service elementary teachers used multimedia production technologies to develop original STEAM lessons. Participants (n = 124) completed a total of 2,436 peer-evaluation surveys designed to measure the extent to which the STEAM lessons met specific creativity-related objectives. Participants also answered open-ended questions regarding similarities and differences between their own STEAM lessons and those of the other teams. The results showed general overall similarities among the three participating groups of bilingual generalist (BG), regular generalist (RG), and undecided generalist (UG) pre-service elementary teachers in regard to their peer evaluation scores for achievement of creativity-related objectives in the STEAM lessons. In addition, a substantial portion of participants from each group recognized the two highest and two lowest scoring achievement categories in their discussions of similarities and differences, and this qualitative data assisted in confirmatory triangulation of the quantitative findings.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Texas
Grant or Contract Numbers: HRD-1342038