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ERIC Number: EJ1178496
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 35
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0305-7267
Encouraging a Career in Science: A Research Review of Secondary Schools' Effects on Students' STEM Orientation
Reinhold, Sarah; Holzberger, Doris; Seidel, Tina
Studies in Science Education, v54 n1 p69-103 2018
Previous studies have pointed out that schools play a central role in students' orientation towards science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). However, studies use a variety of theoretical foundations in order to define variables and hypothesise relationships between schools and STEM orientation. In order to facilitate the interpretation and comparison of the studies' findings, we conducted a systematic literature review, which theoretically integrates the variables, summarises the findings, and derives further research suggestions. In accordance with our inclusion criteria, we selected 28 peer-reviewed journal articles, which have investigated the effects of schools on students' STEM orientation via quantitative, qualitative, or mixed methods. Analyses show that the studies were quite diverse regarding investigated STEM orientation variables, but overall positive with regard to the effects of school. Based on the theoretical integration and comparison of findings, we point out methodological and theoretical challenges for future research on the effects of school and STEM orientation.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Information Analyses; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Language: English
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