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ERIC Number: EJ1074280
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Sep
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 47
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1871-1502
How High School Students Envision Their STEM Career Pathways
Zhang, Lin; Barnett, Michael
Cultural Studies of Science Education, v10 n3 p637-656 Sep 2015
Given that many urban students exclude Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics careers from their career choices, the present study focuses on urban high school students and adopts the social-cultural approach to understand the following questions: how do students envision their careers? What are the experiences that shape students' self-reflections? And how do students' self-reflections influence the way they envision their future careers? Five students were interviewed and data were coded in two ways: by topic domains and confidence levels. The research findings indicate that: first, a lack of information about future careers limits students from developing effective strategic plans; second, students' perceived ability to handle situations of potential barriers and communications with their parents might contribute to their certainty about and confidence in future careers.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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