Rural first year university students: As engaged, aspirational and motivated as anyone – but different science ‘choices’ in year 12 and university

Quinn, Frances & Lyons, Terry (2016) Rural first year university students: As engaged, aspirational and motivated as anyone – but different science ‘choices’ in year 12 and university. Australian and International Journal of Rural Education, 26(1), pp. 42-53.

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Abstract

This paper reports on findings from the Interests and Recruitment in Science study, which explored the experiences of first year students studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) courses in Australian universities. First year STEM students who went to school in rural or regional areas were as engaged, aspirational and motivated as their more metropolitan counterparts. However, they were less likely to have studied physics or advance mathematics, and more likely to have enrolled in an Agricultural or Environmental Science degree. The relationships between these results and broader contextual issues such as employment and Higher Education budgetary and policy settings are discussed.

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ID Code: 95482
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: first year university science students, STEM courses, employment, HERN
ISSN: 1036-0026
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200)
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 Curriculum
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2016 Australian and International Journal of Rural Education
Deposited On: 10 May 2016 22:32
Last Modified: 11 May 2016 22:56

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