Developing Future Officers’ Analytical Thinking During Their Practical Sessions Based on Stem Technologies

Andrii Kurashkevych, Oleh Reznik, Ruslan Sych, Andrii Plekhanov, Anatolii Horbatiuk


The ability to think analytically is helpful for the military, as it allows you to find optimal solutions to difficult situations in extreme conditions. The aim of this article was to study the effect of STEM technologies used during practical sessions of future officers on the development of their analytical thinking. The method of numerical series and self-assessment by cadets was used to determine the level of analytical thinking. Semi-structured interviews were conducted. The case method, virtual and augmented reality, project method, simulation and business games were used during STEM training. It was found by using the numerical series method that the level of future officers' analytical thinking increased from satisfactory to the medium within one academic year using STEM technologies during practical sessions. Students of the experimental group also note the growth of interest in learning, improvement of professional training, and the possibility of individual development. They rated their level of analytical thinking at the beginning of the experiment at 3 points on average and after the experiment — at 4 points on a five-point scale. The difficulties of STEM education were also found: the complex stage of mastering new methods, lack of technical support, and lack of skills for discussing the situation in groups. The results of the work can be used in the planning and selection of effective forms, methods and approaches to the organisation of practical training for future officers. Teachers can use STEM technologies effectively in future officers' practical training, including developing analytical thinking.

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