Managing Students Learning Challenges Through Integration of STEM Education for Developing 21ST Century Skills in Changing Global Workforce

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Olabiyi, O.S
Ojo, B.A.Y
Olayinka, F.O
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Department of Science Education, University of Nigeria, Nsukka-Nigeria.
This study investigates managing students learning challenges through the integration of STEM (Science, Technology, and Mathematics) education for developing twenty-first-century skills in changing the global workforce. The study employed a survey research design. Two research questions were raised. Data were obtained using a structured questionnaire. The respondents for the study comprised 232 respondents, made up of 186STEM teachers and 46 principals. The reliability coefficient of the instrument yields α = .87, Using Cronbach Alpha. Mean and standard deviation was used to answer the research questions. The findings revealed skills needed in the 21st century include: the capacity for innovation and creativity skills; business intelligence and analytical skills; problem-solving and critical thinking skills and entrepreneurial skills. Challenges found in the study include poor preparation of teachers; lack of connection with individual learners in a wide variety of ways; lack of research collaboration across STEM fields. Recommendations made amongst others that government should consider a comprehensive integration of STEM curriculum towards preparing students for STEM careers by prioritizing teaching and critical thinking, problem-solving, and teamwork across subject areas.
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Integration, , Learning Challenges, , STEM, , Twenty-First Century Skills, , Workforce. , Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES::Social sciences::Education
Olabiyi, O. S., Ojo, B. A. Y & Olayinka, F. O. (2021). Managing students learning challenges through integration of STEM education for developing 21ST century skills in changing global workforce. African Journal of Science Technology and Mathematics Education 7(2): 95-100.