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ERIC Number: EJ997137
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Oct
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 80
ISSN: ISSN-1306-3065
Increasing Middle School Student Interest in STEM Careers with Videos of Scientists
Wyss, Vanessa L.; Heulskamp, Diane; Siebert, Cathy J.
International Journal of Environmental and Science Education, v7 n4 p501-522 Oct 2012
Students are making choices in middle school that will impact their desire and ability to pursue STEM careers. Providing middle school students with accurate information about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) careers enables them to make more knowledgeable choices about courses of study and career paths. Practical ways of helping students understand the nature of science careers are limited. This study investigates using video interviews of STEM professionals as a method for better informing students about STEM career possibilities. ANCOVA analysis was used to compare treatment and comparison student interest in pursuing STEM careers before and after viewing video interviews with STEM professionals. Evidence for implementing video interviews as a way to interest middle school students in pursuing STEM careers exists. No gender differential in interest in STEM was detected. (Contains 5 tables.)
International Consortium for the Advancement of Academic Publication. Abant Izzet Baysal University, Faculty of Education, 14280 Golkoy-Bolu, Turkey. e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Grade 6; Grade 8; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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