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ERIC Number: EJ1151312
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Sep
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1476-718X
Early Childhood Teachers' Beliefs about Readiness for Teaching Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
Park, Mi-Hwa; Dimitrov, Dimiter M.; Patterson, Lynn G.; Park, Do-Yong
Journal of Early Childhood Research, v15 n3 p275-291 Sep 2017
The purpose of this study was to examine beliefs of early childhood teachers about their readiness for teaching science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, with a focus on testing for heterogeneity of such beliefs and differential effects of teacher-related factors. The results from latent class analysis of survey data revealed two latent classes of teachers, "not" known a priori, with significant differences in levels of teachers' beliefs about readiness to teach science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The teachers' teaching experience and their awareness of the importance of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics and potential challenges in teaching science, technology, engineering, and mathematics played a differential role in the classification of teachers into latent classes. In addition, the analysis of two open-ended survey questions revealed several themes in the early childhood teachers' opinions about early childhood science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education. Study findings support the necessity for professional development practices that will enhance teachers' understanding of the importance of early childhood science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education, as well as their knowledge of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines and potential challenges of teaching science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Kentucky