Turkish STEM Teachers’ Opinions About Scientist-Teacher-Student Partnership
The main aim of this study is to investigate the opinions of Turkish teachers about Scientist-Teacher-Student Partnership (STSP). In order to provide extra insights about the STSP, a specifically designed questionnaire developed by Malaysian researchers was used. The study consists of data collected from 301 Turkish STEM teachers who have been working in the schools. As a result of the analysis of the data, it was found out that the teachers have positive opinions about the STSP. Looking at the differences between male and female teachers, it was found that there were significant differences in teachers’ scores related to the roles of teacher, student and scientist in the STSP. According to the teachers' experiences of working with scientists or not, the results showed that teachers who do not have experience of working with scientists have a more positive opinion of this collaboration process. Turkish STEM teachers showed greater appreciation of the value of working with a scientist, especially teachers who did not have working experience with a scientist. The outcomes of this study can be used to implement the STSP as an STEM education model.