ERIC Number: EJ1071751
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 39
The Influence of Applied STEM Coursetaking on Advanced Mathematics and Science Coursetaking
Gottfried, Michael A.
Journal of Educational Research, v108 n5 p382-399 2015
Advanced mathematics and science course taking is critical in building the foundation for students to advance through the STEM pathway-from high school to college to career. To invigorate students' persistence in STEM fields, high schools have been introducing applied STEM courses into the curriculum as a way to reinforce concepts learned in traditional mathematics and science classes and to motivate students' interests in a long-term pursuit of these areas. The author examines the role of taking applied STEM courses early in high school on taking advanced mathematics and science courses later in high school. The results suggest a positive link between early applied STEM course taking and later advanced mathematics and science course taking-one that is delineated by specific type of applied STEM course and by individual-level demographic characteristics. The findings of this study thus support policymakers and practitioners' efforts to expand the STEM curriculum beyond traditional subjects. Continuing to do so may be one way to expand the number of students persisting in STEM.
Descriptors: STEM Education, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, High School Students, Advanced Courses, Course Selection (Students), Data Analysis, Early Experience, Demography, Student Characteristics, Longitudinal Studies, Predictor Variables, Mathematics Education, Regression (Statistics), Science Interests, Majors (Students)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Authoring Institution: N/A
IES Grant or Contract Numbers: DRL- 1109849