Does STEM education improve students' higher-level thinking and cognitive abilities? So far, empirical research has not yielded consistent conclusions. As such, this study applied the method of meta-analysis to synthesize quantitatively existing research to better understand STEM and its effects on students’ abilities associated with learning. The study found that STEM education is conducive to improving students' higher-order thinking and cognitive ability levels with an effect size of (d = 0.798). The results indicate that teaching methods and student experiences in STEM education have a positive effect on student learning.
STEM Education, Higher-Order Thinking, Higher-Order Cognitive Abilities, Student Learning
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