Elementary Students' Attitudes towards STEM and 21st Century Skills

Riki Perdana, An-nisa Apriani, Rino Richardo, Endi Rochaendi, Cahya Kusuma

Abstract


STEM and 21st-century learning are very important to be applied from an early age for all students, including at the elementary school level. This study aims to describe students' attitudes towards STEM and 21st-century skills according to gender and education level. The method used is descriptive quantitative by explaining and comparing the results of the questionnaires given to students. Student attitudes are described based on domain of STEM (Science, Technology/Engineering and Math), 21st-century skills, gender, and student grade level. The test instrument used refers to one of the articles that have been published in a reputable international journal with a questionnaire scale of 1-5. There are 130 elementary students who were obtained randomly from one of the elementary schools in Yogyakarta. The results showed that based on the science the meanscore of the students was 3.23 (moderate). on mathematics 3,21(moderate); on technology/engineering 3.68 (moderate) and on 21st century skill 3.65 (moderate). According to gender, there is a significant difference between the attitudes of male and female students towards STEM and 21st-century skills. But  there is no significant difference based on the grade of students. Based on these findings, before implementing STEM-based learning and 21st-century skills, teachers or policymakers must know the student attitudes. These findings can be used to create STEM and 21st-century learning.

Keywords


STEM; 21st century skill; Students’ attitude

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