The importance of science fiction and other STEM-related mass media in young people’s decisions to enrol in university STEM courses

Lyons, Terry & Quinn, Frances (2014) The importance of science fiction and other STEM-related mass media in young people’s decisions to enrol in university STEM courses. In STEM Education 2014 Conference, 12-15 July 2014, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada.

Abstract

This paper presents Australian results from the Interests and Recruitment in Science (IRIS) study with respect to the influence of STEM-related mass media, including science fiction, on students’ decisions to enrol in university STEM courses. The study found that across the full cohort (N=2999), students tended to attribute far greater influence to science-related documentaries/channels such as Life on Earth and the Discovery Channel, etc. than to science-fiction movies or STEM-related TV dramas. Males were more inclined than females to consider science fiction/fantasy books and films and popular science books/magazines as having been important in their decisions. Students taking physics/astronomy tended to rate the importance of science fiction/fantasy books and films higher than students in other courses. The implications of these results for our understanding of influences on STEM enrolments are discussed.

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ID Code: 74446
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: STEM engagement, influences on STEM enrolment, science fiction, mass media
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)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Teacher Education & Leadership
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 [please consult the authors]
Deposited On: 28 Apr 2015 23:21
Last Modified: 02 May 2015 05:45

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