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ERIC Number: EJ1047825
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 38
ISSN: ISSN-1492-6156
Qualified, but Not Choosing STEM at University: Unconscious Influences on Choice of Study
Rodd, Melissa; Reiss, Michael; Mujtaba, Tamjid
Canadian Journal of Science, Mathematics and Technology Education, v14 n4 p330-345 2014
This article offers explanations as to why good candidates for mathematics or physics degrees might opt to study subjects other than STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) subjects at university. Results come from analysis, informed by psychoanalytic theory and practice, of narrative-style interviews conducted with first-year undergraduates and from survey data. It is argued that psychoanalytic interpretations have a role in educational research. Also, it is shown that unconscious forces influenced young peoples' decision making. Implications for policy are discussed, in particular, the issues of (a) the role of commitment and (b) being good enough to study a STEM discipline.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom