Sex differences in the perceived value of outreach and museums/science centres in students' decisions to enrol in university science, technology and engineering courses

Lyons, Terry & Quinn, Frances (2013) Sex differences in the perceived value of outreach and museums/science centres in students' decisions to enrol in university science, technology and engineering courses. In European Science Education Research Association Conference (ESERA 2013), 2-7 September 2013, University of Cyprus, Nicosia.

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Abstract

This paper reports a number of findings from the Interests and Recruitment in Science (IRIS) study carried out in Australia in 2011. The findings concern the perceptions of first year university students in science, technology and engineering courses about the influence of museums/science centres and outreach activities on their choice of course. The study found that STE students in general tended to rate museums/science centres as more important in their decisions than outreach activities. However, a closer examination showed that females in engineering courses were significantly more inclined to rate outreach activities as important than were males in engineering courses or females in other courses. The implications of this finding for strategies to encourage more young women into engineering are discussed.

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ID Code: 71792
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Virtual worlds, Education for sustainability, HERN
Subjects: 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) > Educational Technology and Computing (130306)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Curriculum
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 [please consult the author]
Deposited On: 19 May 2014 22:45
Last Modified: 21 May 2014 19:12

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