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Understanding Student Participation and Choice in Science and Technology Education

  • Offers new insights into what determines how students' interest in science and scientific careers evolves

  • Describes specific strategies for the improvement of recruitment and retention in STEM Higher Education

  • Provides tools for helping students to make a meaningful educational choice

  • Includes supplementary material: sn.pub/extras

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Table of contents (22 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xiii
  2. Theoretical Perspectives on Educational Choice

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 15-15
    2. A Narrative Approach to Understand Students’ Identities and Choices

      • Henriette Tolstrup Holmegaard, Lars Ulriksen, Lene Møller Madsen
      Pages 31-42
  3. Staying in STEM, Leaving STEM?

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 201-201
    2. Why Do Students in STEM Higher Education Programmes Drop/Opt Out? – Explanations Offered from Research

      • Lars Ulriksen, Lene Møller Madsen, Henriette Tolstrup Holmegaard
      Pages 203-217
    3. What Makes Them Leave and Where Do They Go? Non-completion and Institutional Departures in STEM

      • Lars Ulriksen, Lene Møller Madsen, Henriette Tolstrup Holmegaard
      Pages 219-239
    4. The First-Year Experience: Students’ Encounter with Science and Engineering Programmes

      • Lars Ulriksen, Lene Møller Madsen, Henriette Tolstrup Holmegaard
      Pages 241-257

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.

Keywords

  • 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

  • Department of Physics, University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway

    Ellen Karoline Henriksen

  • Department of Education and Professional Studies, King's College London, London, United Kingdom

    Justin Dillon

  • School of Education, University of Leeds, Leeds, United Kingdom

    Jim Ryder

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Understanding Student Participation and Choice in Science and Technology Education

  • Editors: Ellen Karoline Henriksen, Justin Dillon, Jim Ryder

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-7793-4

  • Publisher: Springer Dordrecht

  • eBook Packages: Humanities, Social Sciences and Law, Education (R0)

  • Copyright Information: Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2015

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-94-007-7792-7

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-94-017-7924-1

  • eBook ISBN: 978-94-007-7793-4

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XIII, 412

  • Number of Illustrations: 10 b/w illustrations, 20 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Science Education, Mathematics Education, Higher Education, Science, Technology and Society

Buying options

eBook USD 109.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-94-007-7793-4
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Hardcover Book USD 159.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)