Universal Journal of Educational Research Vol. 6(12), pp. 2888 - 2906
DOI: 10.13189/ujer.2018.061224
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The Effect of Design Based Learning on Pre-service Science Teachers' Decision Making Skills


Esra Bozkurt Altan 1,*, Havva Yamak 2, Esma Buluş Kirikkaya 3, Nusret Kavak 2
1 Department of Math and Science Education, Sinop University, Sinop, Turkey
2 Department of Math and Science Education, Gazi University, Ankara, Turkey
3 Department of Math and Science Education, Kocaeli University, Kocaeli, Turkey

ABSTRACT

In this research, it is aimed to examine in depth the effect of design based learning (DBL) program on pre-service science teachers’ on development of the decision making skills and determine the opinions of pre-service science teachers regarding the effect of the DBL program on decision making skills. For this purpose, embedded integrated design of a mixed-methods approach was employed in this study. In the quantitative part, one-group pre-test and post-test experimental design was used. Multiple-case (embedded) design was used in the qualitative part. The study group for the quantitative part of the research is 36 pre-service science teachers determined by convenience sampling method. The qualitative study group are 6 pre-service science teachers determined by maximum variety sampling. The quantitative data of the study were collected via decision-making skills test. DBL activities worksheet and semi-structured interviews were used as qualitative data. Findings indicated that there was a significant difference between participants’ pre-test and post-test decision skills measures in favor of the post-tests. In this study, it was determined that the decision process related to the design challenge revealed from the real life situations were identification of the problem, evaluation of the alternatives, decision applications, decision and application steps.

KEYWORDS
Design Based Learning, STEM Education, Decision-making Skills

Cite this paper
Esra Bozkurt Altan , Havva Yamak , Esma Buluş Kirikkaya , Nusret Kavak . "The Effect of Design Based Learning on Pre-service Science Teachers' Decision Making Skills." Universal Journal of Educational Research 6.12 (2018) 2888 - 2906. doi: 10.13189/ujer.2018.061224.