ERIC Number: EJ1128465
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
Should We Embed Careers Education in STEM Lessons?
Reiss, Michael J.; Mujtaba, Tamjid
Curriculum Journal, v28 n1 p137-150 2017
Schools have a particular responsibility to introduce young people to the range of possible options for them after they leave education as few families can provide this. However, in the United Kingdom, careers education is currently not strong in most schools for a number of reasons but principally due to its low status and shifts in government policy and funding. As a result, too many young people make subject choices for post-16 study that they subsequently regret. In particular, fewer young people in the United Kingdom choose post-16 STEM subjects than might do. Yet, STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) graduates are especially valued by employers. We draw on the findings of two research projects, ASPIRES and UPMAP, and argue that one way forward may be to embed careers education in STEM lessons. This can be done in ways that are respectful of and helpful to students. We recommend that an England- or UK-based project to investigate the consequences of embedding careers education in STEM lessons be undertaken.
Descriptors: Career Education, STEM Education, Foreign Countries, Career Exploration, Science Careers, Occupational Aspiration, Science Interests, Career Choice
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom
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