Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Family and consumer sciences teacher needs assessment of a STEM-enhanced food and nutrition sciences curriculum
by Merrill, Cathy A., M.S., Utah State University, 2016, 107; 10250584
Abstract (Summary)

Career and Technical Education (CTE) has long taught abstract science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) concepts in contextualized settings. In 2014, a new CTE Food and Nutrition Sciences curriculum was written by a pilot group of CTE family and consumer sciences teachers, enhancing the STEM education teaching opportunities available in a food and nutrition course. This study is a teacher needs assessment of the implementation of the new STEM-enhanced curriculum. The curriculum objectives were measured for perceived importance and self-perceived ability to teach by the teachers. Curriculum feedback, educational background and general demographics were also gathered. The curriculum objectives data created a Borich needs assessment model of mean-weighted discrepancy scores to prioritize areas needed for professional development. Recommendations included aggressive advertising of new materials and resources and more in-depth STEM education training through online webinars and facilitated collaborations for the teachers. Other recommendations included the creation of an advanced level Nutrition and Food Science endorsement. As the teachers deepen their personal knowledge of STEM-related concepts, their ability to adapt STEM learning to the understanding of their students will also increase.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Lawver, Rebecca G.
Commitee: Allen, Karin, Spielmaker, Debra
School: Utah State University
Department: Applied Sciences, Technology and Education
School Location: United States -- Utah
Source: MAI 56/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Home economics education, Secondary education, Vocational education
Keywords: Borich needs assessment, Family and consumer sciences, Professional development, STEM education
Publication Number: 10250584
ISBN: 9781369431865
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