Starting out in STEM : a study of young men and women in first year science, technology, engineering and mathematics courses

Lyons, Terry, Quinn, Frances, Rizk, Nadya, Anderson, Neil, Hubber, Peter, Kenny, John, Sparrow, Len, West, Jan, & Wilson, Sue A. (2012) Starting out in STEM : a study of young men and women in first year science, technology, engineering and mathematics courses. SiMERR National Research Centre, University of New England, Armidale, NSW.

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Abstract

In late 2011, first year university students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) courses across Australia were invited to participate in the international Interests and Recruitment in Science (IRIS) study. IRIS investigates the influences on young people's decisions to choose university STEM courses and their subsequent experiences of these courses. The study also has a particular focus on the motivations and experiences of young women in courses such as physics, IT and engineering given the low rates of female participation in these fields. Around 3500 students from 30 Australian universities contributed their views on the relative importance of various school and non-school influences on their decisions, as well as insights into their experiences of university STEM courses so far. It is hoped that their contributions will help improve recruitment, retention and gender equity in STEM higher education and careers.

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ID Code: 68314
Item Type: Report
Refereed: No
Keywords: STEM education, Higher education, First year STEM courses, Gender differences, HERN
ISBN: 9781921597428
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Higher Education (130103)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Science Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy (130212)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified (130399)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Teacher Education & Leadership
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 SiMERR National Research Centre, University of New England
Deposited On: 25 Mar 2014 01:03
Last Modified: 24 Jul 2014 05:44

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