THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS’ SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING AND MATHEMATICS (STEM) ATTITUDES AND THEIR INTERESTS TOWARDS STEM OCCUPATIONS
ORTAOKUL ÖĞRENCİLERİNİN FEN, TEKNOLOJİ, MÜHENDİSLİK VE MATEMATİK (STEM) TUTUMLARI İLE STEM MESLEKLERİNE YÖNELİK İLGİLERİ ARASINDAKİ İLİŞKİ

Author : Can YOLAGİDEN - - Oktay BEKTAŞ
Number of pages : 500-521

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to investigate the relationship between the attitudes of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and STEM occupations of sixth, seventh and eighth grade students. For this purpose, a correlational survey one of the survey designs was used in the study. The sample of the study was composed of 323 middle school students who were studying in 12 Şubat district of Kahramanmaras province and selected by simple random sampling method. In the study, "Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) Attitude Scale" and "Interest Scale for Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM)" were used as data collection tools. The "Cronbach Alpha" internal reliability coefficient for the STEM attitude scale was .87 and the "Cronbach Alpha" reliability coefficient for the STEM occupation scale was .94. As a result of the analysis of the data, it was found that there is a significant relationship between the STEM attitudes of the students and the STEM professions at a high level, linearly and positively. As a result, if students' STEM attitudes are increased, they are thought to be able to address professions related to this field.

Keywords

STEM, İnterest, Attitude, M

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