Document Type



This qualitative study focuses on the type of STEM education students are getting at the early childhood level (PK-2). Based on gaps found in literature, an interview protocol was created and six participants with various careers in the field of STEM education were interviewed. The research was concentrated on trying to determine what components of STEM education make it successful in the early childhood classroom. All of the interview responses were analyzed and coded and determined the results found below. A few integral parts of a successful STEM education seem to be curiosity, asking questions and a hands-on component, but this research is very limited and there is still a great amount to explore and investigate.


Early Childhood Education

Thesis Comittee

Dr. Heather A. Pacheco-Guffrey, Thesis Advisor

Dr. Andrea Cayson, Committee Member

Dr. John D. Marvelle, Committee Member

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Original document was submitted as an Honors Program requirement. Copyright is held by the author.