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ERIC Number: EJ918400
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Mar
Pages: 36
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 186
ISSN: ISSN-0305-7267
Participation in Science and Technology: Young People's Achievement-Related Choices in Late-Modern Societies
Boe, Maria Vetleseter; Henriksen, Ellen Karoline; Lyons, Terry; Schreiner, Camilla
Studies in Science Education, v47 n1 p37-72 Mar 2011
Young people's participation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) is a matter of international concern. Studies and careers that require physical sciences and advanced mathematics are most affected by the problem and women in particular are under-represented in many STEM fields. This article views international research about young people's relationships to, and participation in, STEM subjects and careers through the lens of an expectancy-value model of achievement-related choices. In addition it draws on sociological theories of late-modernity and identity, which situate decision-making in a cultural context. The article examines how these frameworks are useful in explaining the decisions of young people--and young women in particular--about participating in STEM and proposes possible strategies for removing barriers to participation. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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