Tredina Sheppard Co-Authors Article on STEM and Student Motivation

August 23, 2020

During the last scTredina Sheppardhool year, 8th grade science instructor, Tredina Sheppard participated in an NSF-funded research project with a team from the University of Florida’s College of Education and the Florida Museum of Natural History. A motivated teacher, always engaging in ways to extend her students’ learning as well as her own, Ms. Sheppard served roles in the investigation as well as project management for this research effort.

The project, embedded in the context of paleontology, examined STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) motivation in students, the degree to which teachers integrated 3D printing and STEM learning in classrooms, and related predictors for student motivation in STEM . The project found that teacher STEM integration positively predicted student math motivation, but that 3D printing integration did not positively predict student STEM motivation.

In addition to her role in the research project, Sheppard co-authored a paper recently published in the journal, Computers in Education with the team. Read: Exploring the influence of teachers’ beliefs and 3D printing integrated STEM instruction on students’ STEM motivation

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