Wednesday 23 November 2022.12:30m - 1:00pm

Tomotaka Kuroda

Importance of the NGSS 8 practices for STEM students in Japanese universities

Contact Author: Tomotaka KURODA (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Institute for the Advancement of Higher Education, Okayama University of Science, Okayama 700-0005, Japan

STEAM Education Institute, Shizuoka University, Shizuoka 422-8529, Japan


Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS; NRC,2013) posit eight practices for K–12 education. First-Year Experience (FYE) programs support students’ transition from secondary to higher education; this is particularly significant for increasing the numbers of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) graduates (PCAST, 2012). Therefore, clarifying how students in FYE programs perceive the NGSS practices is essential for effective connection between school and university education. This study’s research question is “What are STEM majors’ perceptions of the eight NGSS practices, and are there gender differences in these perceptions?”