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Learning By Doing: Capturing the STEM Students’ Experiences in Science Laboratory Experiments: A Lebenswelt

Volume 6 - Issue 4, April 2023 Edition
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Maricel T. Gubat, MEd Krizha S. Romero, Lovely Catherine Joyce E. Implamado, Margarette Paula S. Baltazar, Eurica Isaiah O. Dorado, Alija Glaiehnn R. Manalili, Jherimae Lee V. Paguia, Salman L. Malic
Laboratory Experiments, STEM, Cognitive, Affective, Psychomotor
Background: As the advancement of today’s technology, the important use of the school science laboratory has been greatly needed over the past years especially for the STEM students. Although other studies have gone over the importance of science laboratories, this paper presents a clear understanding of the lived experience of grade 12 students under the STEM strand in conducting experiments in the school science laboratory. Methods: This qualitative study utilized the phenomenological approach to fully understand the lived experiences of the Grade 12 STEM students concerning the central question: “How do laboratory experiments reinforce the academic development of STEM students?” The necessary data set was obtained through semi-structured interviews with twenty-seven (27) questions and formulated themes from the responses of the participants. Findings: Findings have shown the lived experiences of the Grade 12 Senior High School STEM students in conducting experiments in the school Science Laboratory. It comprises three major themes with three sub-themes each: Cognitive Application with the sub-themes Critical Thinking, Outcome-Based Approach, and Experiential Learning; Affective Implication with the sub-themes Personal Satisfaction, Collaboration, and Responsibility; and Psychomotor Intensification with the sub-themes Manipulation, Proficiency, and Adaptation. Conclusion: The students’ learning experiences in the school science laboratory had been impactful in the development of the three domains of learning in relation to Bloom’s Taxonomy. Students are able to nurture their cognitive, affective and psychomotor skills through the conduct of laboratory experiments. Recommendations: The researchers recommend that laboratory experimentation be given more emphasis in any Science course more than other performance tasks. To fill in the gaps in this study, it is suggested that the future researchers diversify the respondents’ profile by locale, age, and strand. In addition, the researchers recommended conducting further analysis of the students’ learning experiences on conducting science laboratory experiments.
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