Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Impact of STEM Education on School Culture
by Bergh, Christie D., Ed.D., Piedmont College, 2020, 266; 28021876
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this qualitative case study was to identify and explain specific characteristics that contributed to school culture and increased the climate rating at a title one elementary school in Georgia that received STEM certification in 2018 and showed an increase of two points in their school climate rating in the years 2014–2018. The main research question focused on the impact STEM education has on a school culture; three sub-questions addressed the norms, goals and values, instructional practices, and organizational structures in place that impacted the overall culture of the school. Data were triangulated through interviews, observations, and collection of artifacts. Two sets of individual interviews were conducted with teachers to gain insight into their experiences and opinions of changes they observed throughout the STEM certification process. A focus group interview was conducted with the administrative team to understand the experiences of school leadership and the perceptions of the culture shift they observed. A focus group interview was conducted with non-certified staff members to gather evidence from another perspective. Observations were conducted in each teacher’s classroom to provide the researcher with information on specific values, instructional practices, and structures in place. Artifacts collected provided additional information regarding organizational structures in place that led to positive transitions throughout the process. The study revealed strong relationships were built during the STEM implementation period. Teachers and students experienced a mindset shift, instructional practices promoted collaboration, and the structures provided by school leaders built a trusting, cooperative, and innovative culture.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: McCollum, Patricia
Commitee: Land, Kelly, Rambo, Lynne
School: Piedmont College
Department: School of Education
School Location: United States -- Georgia
Source: DAI-A 82/1(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Elementary education, Educational leadership, Science education
Keywords: Collaboration, Mindset, Problem-based learning, Relationships, School culture, STEM
Publication Number: 28021876
ISBN: 9798662410244
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