STEAM INTEGRATION IN CHEMISTRY LEARNING FOR DEVELOPING 21ST CENTURY SKILLS

Achmad Ridwan, Yuli Rahmawati, Tritiyatma Hadinugrahaningsih

Abstract


This paper is based on the results of first year of two-year study in integrating Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics (STEAM) in chemistry learning. The research focused on developing 21st-century skills of chemistry students in secondary schools. The 21st-century skills are a set of abilities that students need to develop in facing the future challenge which involves learning, literacy, and life skills. The study was conducted in two secondary schools both public and private on the topics of hydrocarbon, petroleum, solubility, and acid-base in year 10 and 11. A qualitative methodology was applied to explore the students' learning experiences and understanding the research context. Data was collected through observation, interview, reflective journal and 21st-century rubric. The STEAM approach was integrated through modification of project-based learning model. The students had opportunities to develop their own projects by integrating chemistry and STEAM principles to their project. The results showed that students have developed their higher order thinking skills namely critical and creative thinking, problem-solving, collaboration and argumentation. They also learned to develop skills of information, literacy and the self-direction.

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