Category: Poster

91 - Young Children and STEM Enrichment: A Parental Perspective

Friday, Nov 10
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Pre-kindergarten and kindergarten curricula can be challenging and engaging, but few are strongly grounded in STEM education. However, researchers have shown that young children can benefit greatly from early introduction to STEM education. In this study, the authors examined parental perceptions of the influences of a Saturday STEM enrichment program in one University center on pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students and their attitudes towards STEM learning. Using survey data regarding benefits, drawbacks, and memorable moments, the authors sought to answer three questions: How do parents evaluate their children’s experiences in STEM enrichment classes? What do they perceive to be influences in learning? What kinds of behaviors are witnessed after the experiences?

Hyeseong Lee

Graduate Student/ Coordinator
GERI/Purdue University
West Lafayette, Indiana

Hyeseong Lee is a doctoral student in Gifted, Creative, and Talented Studies with Dr. Marcia Gentry as her advisor. She is a graduate assistant at GERI, and her research interests include topics related to young gifted learners, mentoring, talent development, and underserved population in gifted education. Prior to her doctoral study, she worked as an elementary school teacher in Seoul, Korea, and also had experience with preschoolers in Michigan. Her prior education includes a Master's degree in gifted education at Teacher’s College, Columbia University and a Bachelor's degree in elementary education in Seoul National University of Education.

Alissa Salazar

PhD Student
Purdue University
West Lafayette, Indiana

Alissa Salazar is a doctoral student at Purdue University in Gifted, Talented and Creative Studies under the advisement of Dr. Marcia Gentry. She currently serves as a Counselor Co-Coordinator for the Gifted Education Resource Institute's Summer Residential program. After graduating from Purdue with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, she taught Kindergarten in Indiana. Throughout her undergraduate career, she worked for the GERI program as a teacher and counselor. Her research interests include underserved populations, parental influence, and the effect of resource availability on the development of gifted students.

Juliana Tay

Graduate Student
Purdue University
West Lafayette, Indiana

Originally from Singapore where she taught art to middle and junior high schools students, Juliana is currently a PhD student in Purdue's Gifted Education program. Her current research interests are identification of gifted art learners as well as critical thinking skills in the art curriculum. Her current projects deal with identification and provision of services for underserved gifted students as well as examining the characteristics of gifted art learners.