ERIC Number: EJ1192598
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Abstractor: As Provided
Levels of STEM Integration through Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources
Wang, Hui-Hui; Knobloch, Neil A.
Journal of Agricultural Education, v59 n3 p258-277 2018
The purpose of this action research study was to develop a rubric that identified levels of integrated science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) lessons through agriculture, food, and natural resources (AFNR) lessons that were developed and implemented in afterschool programs by preservice informal educators. The research study expanded on the knowledge base by identifying three levels and six features of integrated STEM through the context of AFNR. Using the rubric, we analyzed 10 mini-units, consisting of 27 lesson plans, of STEM integrated AFNR lesson plans that were developed by preservice informal educators. There were three major findings. First, teaching AFNR content and skills was the main focus of integrated STEM lesson plans. Second, the lesson plans attempted to use real-world problems to connect students' learning to use content knowledge and skills to solve the problem, yet failed to connect other disciplines. Finally, students who had previous teaching experiences in non-formal and informal settings achieved the highest scores, but students who were in formal teacher preparation programs had the lowest scores in terms of developing integrated STEM through AFNR lesson plans.
Descriptors: STEM Education, Interdisciplinary Approach, Agricultural Education, Food, Natural Resources, After School Programs, Preservice Teachers, Knowledge Level, Program Effectiveness, Lesson Plans, Relevance (Education), Teacher Education Programs, Nonformal Education, Informal Education, Elementary School Students, Skill Development
American Association for Agricultural Education. P.O. Box 7607, Department of Agricultural and Extension Education, Raleigh, NC 27695. Web site: http://www.aaaeonline.org
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Sponsor: National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Indiana
Grant or Contract Numbers: IND011778