Below is a broad list of research questions which I will look to answer throughout the course of my PhD:

  1. What is a community of practice?
  2. How do I develop and build a community of practice?
  3. How familiar are teachers, students etc. with the term communities of practice?
  4. What are the current STEM teaching practices in schools?
  5. To what extent is the students learning of STEM meaningful?
  6. What are the current attitudes to STEM in secondary schools?
  7. What are the students’ attitudes towards learning STEM and how do attitudes change after thte UMI activities?
  8. What are the teachers’ attitudes towards the current teaching of STEM topics?
  9. Who are the stakeholders in the school community an how do they communicate with one another at present?
  10. What is the current structure of a post-primary school?
  11. What online resources do teachers currently use for classroom material and communication purposes?
  12. What role do current school stakeholders play in enhancing STEM learning for students?
  13. How can the entire school community aid the teacher-student relationship?
  14. How familiar are teachers with the use of online tools and environmetns?
  15. What resources, if any, are currently available to schools to promote comunication and collaboration between them?
  16. What role does industry play in the school environment?
  17. How can I support communication and collaboration among teachers, students, parents, businesses, the community, parents associations and BOMs?
  18. How do online communities of practice communicate?
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