Students’ self-authoring mobile App for integrative learning of STEM

Teng Hui Tseng, Yaming Tai, Shin Ping Tsai, Yu Liang Ting*

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This paper proposes the integrative learning of technology and science in which students create their own science applications on smartphones. The proposed learning aims to help students experience what science is and how it is technically utilized. In addition, discipline-specific representations were emphasized in the learning design to help students translate between those in different disciplinary and build up their meta-representational competence, central to engineering professional practice as well as learning about engineering design process in school. During the integrative learning, students were also expected to experience the shift of coding from studying how to write a program code to how to control a device to solve a problem, the computational thinking. The proposed learning practice was held and evaluated with 85 participants from high schools and universities. The results showed that students were motivated, and valued the proposed learning practice. Students perceived the usefulness and ease of use of the tools adopted in the learning practice. The study results suggest that the use of smartphones in education may support the orchestrating of the teaching and learning of science and engineering.

Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Electrical Engineering Education
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2018


  • STEM
  • authoring tool
  • engineering education
  • mobile learning
  • science education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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