Teachers’ Perceptions and Practices of STEAM Education in South Korea
HyunJu Park 1 * , Soo-yong Byun 2, Jaeho Sim 3, Hye-Sook Han 4, Yoon Su Baek 5
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1 Chosun University, Republic of Korea2 The Pennsylvania State University, United States of America3 Pusan National University, Republic of Korea4 Dankook University, Republic of Korea5 Yonsei University, Republic of Korea* Corresponding Author


This study examined teachers’ perceptions and practices of science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) education in South Korea, drawing on a survey of teachers in STEAM model schools. Results showed that the majority of Korean teachers, especially those experienced teachers and male teachers, had a positive view of a role of STEAM education. At the same time, Korean teachers highlighted various challenges in implementing STEAM education, such as finding time to carry out STEAM lessons, increased workloads, and lack of administrative and financial support. Our findings suggest that sufficient support of the government, the reconstruction of national curriculum, and significant changes in the national assessment system are needed to better promote STEAM education.


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Article Type: Research Article

EURASIA J Math Sci Tech Ed, 2016, Volume 12, Issue 7, 1739-1753


Publication date: 06 Apr 2016

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