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ERIC Number: EJ949791
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Dec
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0162-3532
Stepping onto the STEM Pathway: Factors Affecting Talented Students' Declaration of STEM Majors in College
Heilbronner, Nancy N.
Journal for the Education of the Gifted, v34 n6 p876-899 Dec 2011
Despite a growing national need to develop capabilities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), many men and women who are considered talented in these areas during high school choose not to pursue STEM undergraduate majors. A purpose of the current study was to better understand factors that contribute to an individual's formal entry into the domain through the declaration of a STEM college major. Survey methodology was used to explore the perceptions of 360 Science Talent Search semifinalists and finalists from the years 1987 to 1989 and 1997 to 1999, and quantitative procedures were used to analyze the data. A majority (74.2%) of these students declared STEM majors and went on to graduate with STEM degrees. Belief in one's ability to achieve in STEM and the quality of students' academic experiences (level of challenge, hands-on nature, and adequacy of preparation for careers) were predictors of STEM majors in college. Reasons for attrition and implications for practice are discussed. (Contains 6 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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