Participation in science and technology : young people's achievement-related choices in late modern societies

Bøe, Maria Vetleseter, Henricksen, Ellen Karoline, Lyons, Terry, & Schreiner, Camilla (2011) Participation in science and technology : young people's achievement-related choices in late modern societies. Studies in Science Education, 47(1), pp. 37-72.

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Young people’s participation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) is a matter of international concern. Studies and careers that require physical sciences and advanced mathematics are most affected by the problem and women in particular are under-represented in many STEM fields. This article views international research about young people’s relationships to, and participation in, STEM subjects and careers through the lens of an expectancy value model of achievement-related choices. In addition it draws on sociological theories of late-modernity and identity, which situate decision-making in a cultural context. The article examines how these frameworks are useful in explaining the decisions of young people – and young women in particular – about participating in STEM and proposes possible strategies for removing barriers to participation.

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ID Code: 68248
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Pre-QUT publication
Keywords: STEM education
DOI: 10.1080/03057267.2011.549621
ISSN: 0305-7267
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Science Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy (130212)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Teacher Education & Leadership
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Deposited On: 11 Mar 2014 03:45
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2016 05:07

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