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Effectiveness of STEM-Based Activities on Middle School Students’ Views About Socio-scientific Issues


Ministry of National Education, Van, Türkiye


Department of Science Education, İstanbul Unive rsity -Cerr ahpaş a, Faculty of Education, İstanbul, Türkiye

HAYEF: Journal of Education 2024; 21: 165-182
DOI: 10.5152/hayef.2024.23062
Read: 352 Downloads: 159 Published: 23 May 2024

The purpose of this study was to investigate the effectiveness of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)-based activities on middle school stu dents’ views about socio-scientific issues. The research was designed according to a case study. The study was carried out on 16 seventh-grade students from the eastern part of Türkiye. Over a period of 24 weeks, in the fall and spring semesters, students participated in STEM activities focused on socio-scientific issues. Data collection tools included the socio-scientific issues interview form, student diaries, field notes, and informal interviews. Content and descriptive analysis methods were employed to analyze the data. The results showed that students’ views on socio-scientific issues significantly improved, including their knowledge, sensitivity, awareness, ability in scientific reasoning, thinking habits, willingness to conduct research, ability to find solutions, and capability to prepare projects related to socio scientific issues.

Cite this article as: Benek, İ., & Akçay, B. (2024). Effectiveness of STEM-based activities on middle school students’ views about socio-scientific issues. HAYEF: Journal of Education, 21(2), 165-182.

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