Teacher's Readiness Implementing STEM Education in Kindergarten from Aspect of Knowledge
Keywords:STEM Education, Teacher Readiness, Knowledge, Early Childhood Education
This paper highlights the about teacher’s readiness implementing STEM education. This study aims to identify the readiness of kindergarten teachers in implementing STEM education in teaching and learning. Although there are many benefits in teaching and learning, the implementation of STEM education is still not widely implemented in preschools or practices by teachers. This study aims to identify the readiness of kindergarten teachers in implementing STEM education in teaching and learning. The survey was administered offline involving 200 teachers as respondents. Respondents were obtained through convenience sampling technique. Therefore, this study is to describe the level of preparedness of a kindergarten teacher from a knowledge aspect on STEM education in Kuantan, Pahang. Based on descriptive statistical method use the interpretation of the mean score used by Alias (1999), a total of 13 items were allocated to the respondents to answer through a knowledge survey. It is intended to know the consent of respondents by using a 5-scale Likert selection. From the findings obtained, it was found that all items mentioned are at a high level of mean 3.67 to 5.00. The Pearson correlation test is used to determine the relationship between the level of teacher readiness from a knowledge aspect and stem education implementation. The results of the analysis showed that there was a very high positive relationship based on the descriptive interpretation of the Davis scale (1971) between the availability of implementation and the independent variable i.e. knowledge (r = 0.714). The findings also show that the level of teacher readiness in terms of knowledge is related to the implementation of STEM education. This study emphasizes that high teacher knowledge regarding STEM education will make teachers more willing to carry out STEM education. Courses or training should be given continuously to the kindergarten teachers to ensure they are constantly exposed to new knowledge and positive attitudes related to STEM education.