ERIC Number: EJ1145061
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Jul
Abstractor: As Provided
Integrated STEM Assessment Model
Bicer, Ali; Capraro, Robert M.; Capraro, Mary M.
EURASIA Journal of Mathematics, Science & Technology Education, v13 n7 p3959-3968 Jul 2017
Previous research identified a strong correlation between mathematics and science performance albeit for small samples of students. Even though there was a high correlation between mathematics and science performance, researchers examining students' STEM achievement investigated mathematics and science achievement separately. The present study brings science and mathematics objectives together to constitute a higher order STEM assessment model. Data (science and mathematics scores) were gathered from 231,966 students (52% female) who were in 11th grade and took the state mandated test in 2013. A second-order confirmatory factor analysis was used to create a STEM assessment model. The fit indices showed indicated it was an adequate model fit for the data. However, the lack of assessments of technology and engineering objectives taught in K-12 make estimating the effectiveness of STEM teaching and learning tenable at best.
Descriptors: High School Students, Grade 11, STEM Education, Evaluation Methods, Goodness of Fit, Academic Achievement, Instructional Effectiveness, Student Educational Objectives, Mathematics Education, Science Education, Correlation, Scores, Factor Analysis, Structural Equation Models
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