THE ADAPTATION OF STEM SEMANTICS SURVEY INTO TURKISH
STEM SEMANTİK FARKLILIK ÖLÇEĞİ’NİN TÜRKÇEYE UYARLANMASI

Author : Esra KIZILAY
Number of pages : 131-144

Abstract

The aim of this study is to adapt the STEM Semantics Survey for Turkish in order to determine the semantic perceptions of pre-service teachers for STEM fields. The STEM Semantics Survey was developed by Knezek and Christensen (2008). Then the analysis of validity and reliability of the scale was carried out on a unified group including pre-service teachers. In this study, pre-service teachers were selected as the study group. Permission has been obtained from the authors for the adaptation of the scale. 132 volunteer pre-service teachers studying in Erciyes University, Faculty of Education participated in the research process. During the data analysis, AMOS 24.0 was used for confirmatory factor analysis and SPSS 22.0 was used for explanatory factor analysis to confirm the structural validity of the scale. In order to determine the reliability of the scale, the Cronbach alpha reliability coefficient was calculated in the SPSS 22.0 program. In addition, item analysis of the scale was made. As a result of the analyzes, the scale is seen to be composed of five factors (science, technology, engineering, math, career). Cronbach’s alpha coefficient for the overall instrument was calculated as .82. The reliability coefficients of the sub-factors were detected respectively; science ? = .91, technology ? = .84, engineering ? = .86, mathematics ? = .92 and career ? = .87. The adapted scale includes 25 items. Turkish adaptation of the scale is valid and reliable and appropriate to use in Turkish culture.

Keywords

STEM Education, Pre-Service Teachers, Scale, Val

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