Title

Appalachia and STEM: Older Adults’ Perceptions of Science and Engineering

Faculty Mentor(s)

Gina Childers

Campus

Dahlonega

Proposal Type

Oral Presentation

Subject Area

Education

Location

Conference Room

Start Date

22-3-2019 10:00 AM

End Date

22-3-2019 11:00 AM

Description/Abstract

Appalachia and STEM: Older Adults’ Perceptions of Science and Engineering explores older adults’ perceptions of science and engineering based on a semi-structured interview case study methodology. The participants (n=4) were asked questions that documented their perceptions of science and engineering, along with presenting an item the participants perceived showcased science and engineering in Appalachia. The responses from the semi-structured interviews were transcribed and coded. Science was described by participants as a subject that included chemistry, physics, and electronics or as an object like the Farmer’s Almanac. Engineering was often viewed as a profitable job or occupation. Furthermore, participants were able to connect hobbies and daily activities to science and engineering. Participants were able to share and describe an object, such as a barn or a quilt, and connect science and engineering practices to Appalachia. Yet, while participants were able to connect their lives to science and engineering, they did not perceive themselves as scientists or engineers. The future goal of the student is to connect Appalachian lived-experiences such as these and their perceptions of science and engineering for a more personal and meaningful experience for K-12 students.

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Appalachia and STEM: Older Adults’ Perceptions of Science and Engineering

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Appalachia and STEM: Older Adults’ Perceptions of Science and Engineering explores older adults’ perceptions of science and engineering based on a semi-structured interview case study methodology. The participants (n=4) were asked questions that documented their perceptions of science and engineering, along with presenting an item the participants perceived showcased science and engineering in Appalachia. The responses from the semi-structured interviews were transcribed and coded. Science was described by participants as a subject that included chemistry, physics, and electronics or as an object like the Farmer’s Almanac. Engineering was often viewed as a profitable job or occupation. Furthermore, participants were able to connect hobbies and daily activities to science and engineering. Participants were able to share and describe an object, such as a barn or a quilt, and connect science and engineering practices to Appalachia. Yet, while participants were able to connect their lives to science and engineering, they did not perceive themselves as scientists or engineers. The future goal of the student is to connect Appalachian lived-experiences such as these and their perceptions of science and engineering for a more personal and meaningful experience for K-12 students.