Influencing Factors to Choose STEM Areas: The Case of Strongly STEM-Oriented High School Students

Angeles Dominguez, Santa Tejeda, Blanca Ruiz

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The need to understand better the actors and factors that influence students' perceptions of pursuing an academic and professional future in STEM areas has been studied for over 30 years. In this work, we focus on students who are strongly oriented to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to investigate what motivates them and who has been cultivating their inclinations to these careers. High school students who attended an international science contest on mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, and computing (over 600 attendees) were invited to participate in a focus group. Thirteen students attended the call. The session lasted over 90 minutes and was video recorded. All the session was transcribed, and a group of researchers analyzed the data based on an adaptation of the expectancy-value theory. The results indicated that the students did not feel they had the expected support from their schools; instead, their primary support came from their family (particularly their parents). It was interesting to find that among this group of students, their conceptualization of STEM and interest in how science and technology could improve the world (or their world) proved to be a significant factor in keeping them motivated to pursue their goals.

Idioma originalInglés
Título de la publicación alojada2020 9th IEEE Integrated STEM Education Conference, ISEC 2020
EditorialInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (versión digital)9781728175201
DOI
EstadoPublicada - 1 ago 2020
Publicado de forma externa
Evento9th IEEE Integrated STEM Education Conference, ISEC 2020 - Princeton, Estados Unidos
Duración: 1 ago 2020 → …

Serie de la publicación

Nombre2020 9th IEEE Integrated STEM Education Conference, ISEC 2020
Volumen2020-January

Conferencia

Conferencia9th IEEE Integrated STEM Education Conference, ISEC 2020
País/TerritorioEstados Unidos
CiudadPrinceton
Período1/08/20 → …

Áreas temáticas de ASJC Scopus

  • Inteligencia artificial
  • Software
  • Ingeniería (miscelánea)
  • Matemáticas (miscelánea)
  • Educación

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