Alleviating pre-service teachers’ STEM anxiety through the use of remote access laboratories

Albion, Peter and Wu, Ting and Kist, Alexander A. and Orwin, Lindy and Maxwell, Andrew and Maiti, Ananda (2016) Alleviating pre-service teachers’ STEM anxiety through the use of remote access laboratories. In: Research highlights in technology and teacher education 2016. Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC USA, pp. 77-85. ISBN 978‐1‐939797‐26‐1

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Abstract

Amid calls for greater emphasis on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in primary education, non-specialist teachers required to teach these subjects are often prone to anxiety as a consequence of their own education including only limited exposure to STEM. This paper reports on a study in which pre-service primary teachers (N=40) worked with Remote Access laboratory (RAL) activities to develop their knowledge of, and confidence with, STEM concepts. The Positive and Negative Affect Scale (PANAS) was used to measure their emotional status before and after participating in the RAL activities. Challenges in operation of the experimental equipment produced inconclusive quantitative results but analysis of qualitative data suggested that, with further development, the activities could contribute to a reduction in STEM anxiety.


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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Accepted version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Teacher Education and Early Childhood
Date Deposited: 06 Dec 2016 04:42
Last Modified: 06 Dec 2016 04:42
Uncontrolled Keywords: STEM, teacher education, anxiety, remote access laboratories
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930202 Teacher and Instructor Development
C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930203 Teaching and Instruction Technologies
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/30118

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