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Theory-driven determinants of school studentsí stem career goals: a preliminary investigation


Hatisaru, V, Theory-driven determinants of school students' stem career goals: a preliminary investigation, 26th (Digital) Conference of Mathematical Views (DIMAVI26), 16-17 September 2020, Virtual Conference, Online (2020) [Conference Extract]

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The aims of this study were to investigate Turkish school studentsí attitudes towards STEM disciplines and careers and explore determinants of studentsí STEM career goals. In total, 120 lower secondary school students (aged 11 to 14) completed the STEM Semantic Survey including an open-ended question about their career intention after high school and the reasons for their choice. Using the conceptualisation of the influences of behavioural, personal, and contextual variables in career choice decisions, the studentsí descriptions of career choice reasons (Lent, Brown, & Hackett, 1994; 2000) were presented to elaborate on the variables that influence their STEM career goals. Attitudes towards individual STEM disciplines were from moderate to high and towards STEM careers were high. The gender difference was negligible. One of the key determinants of studentsí career choice intentions was interests, involving interest in a particular career (e.g. architect) and career-relevant activities (e.g. planning, drawing, and designing) or subjects (e.g. mathematics). Larger, societal influences (altruism and patriotism) were among the motives of studentsí career goals. Implications for research, practice, and policy-making were presented.

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Item Type:Conference Extract
Keywords:Draw a Mathematics Classroom, Social Cognitive Career Theory, STEM career goals, school students
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and pedagogy
Research Field:Mathematics and numeracy curriculum and pedagogy
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Learner and learning
Objective Field:Secondary education
UTAS Author:Hatisaru, V (Dr Vesife Hatisaru)
ID Code:141737
Year Published:2020
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2020-11-15
Last Modified:2020-11-30

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