Understanding Student Participation and Choice in Science and Technology Education

  • Ellen Karoline Henriksen
  • Justin Dillon
  • Jim Ryder

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Theoretical Perspectives on Educational Choice

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-15
    2. Henriette Tolstrup Holmegaard, Lars Ulriksen, Lene Møller Madsen
      Pages 31-42
  3. Interest and Participation in STEM from Primary School to PhD

  4. Staying in STEM, Leaving STEM?

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 201-201
    2. Lars Ulriksen, Lene Møller Madsen, Henriette Tolstrup Holmegaard
      Pages 203-217
    3. Lars Ulriksen, Lene Møller Madsen, Henriette Tolstrup Holmegaard
      Pages 219-239
    4. Lars Ulriksen, Lene Møller Madsen, Henriette Tolstrup Holmegaard
      Pages 241-257
  5. Applying Feminist Perspectives to Understand STEM Participation

  6. Conclusions and Recommendations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 349-349
    2. Ellen Karoline Henriksen, Justin Dillon, Giuseppe Pellegrini
      Pages 367-377
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 379-412

About this book


Drawing on data generated by the EU’s Interests and Recruitment in Science (IRIS) project, this volume examines the issue of young people’s participation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics education. With an especial focus on female participation, the chapters offer analysis deploying varied theoretical frameworks, including sociology, social psychology, and gender studies. The material also includes reviews of relevant research in science education, and summaries of empirical data concerning student choices in STEM disciplines in five European countries.
Featuring both quantitative and qualitative analyses, the book makes a substantial contribution to the developing theoretical agenda in STEM education. It augments available empirical data and identifies strategies in policy-making that could lead to improved participation—and gender balance—in STEM disciplines. The majority of the chapter authors are IRIS project members, with additional chapters written by specially invited contributors. The book provides researchers and policy makers alike with a comprehensive and authoritative exploration of the core issues in STEM educational participation.


Aspires project IRIS project Phd students STEM attitudes STEM education STEM participation career choice educational choice gender in science and technology education graduate students higher education science aspirations science students technology students

Editors and affiliations

  • Ellen Karoline Henriksen
    • 1
  • Justin Dillon
    • 2
  • Jim Ryder
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of PhysicsUniversity of OsloOsloNorway
  2. 2.Department of Education and Professional StudiesKing's College LondonLondonUnited Kingdom
  3. 3.School of EducationUniversity of LeedsLeedsUnited Kingdom

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