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Do High School Computer and AP Courses and SAT Test Scores Help Students Choose STEM Majors in College?

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2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


San Antonio, Texas

Publication Date

June 10, 2012

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June 10, 2012

End Date

June 13, 2012



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K-12 and Pre-college Engineering Poster Session

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K-12 & Pre-College Engineering

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25.474.1 - 25.474.13



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Alpaslan Sahin AggieSTEM Center at Texas A&M University

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James R. Morgan Texas A&M University


Niyazi Erdogan Texas A&M University

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Niyazi Erdogan was awarded with a B.A. degree in science education by Hacettepe University, which is one of the top universities located in Ankara, Turkey. After a period of working as a science teacher, he began to study science education as a M.Ed. student at Texas A&M University in Fall 2009. He is currently a Graduate Research Assistant and a Ph.D. student in Department of Teaching, Learning, and Culture at Texas A&M University. His research interests are STEM education with an emphasis on science, project-based learning, and engineering education.

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Why Do Students Choose Engineering?This paper will look at data collected for all graduates of a group of public charterhigh schools. These high schools all focus on STEM (science, technology,engineering, and mathematics) education and have higher than average percentagesof students going to college.The analysis of the data will include: 1. types of elective courses taken 2. # and type of AP courses taken 3. correlation between # of AP courses taken and major selected 4. # of computer courses taken 5. correlation between # of computer courses taken and major selected 6. SAT scores (math or reading or writing or composite or total) 7. comparisons of the above factors by major selctedCorrelations will include # of AP courses, # of AP Mathematics courses, # of APscience courses, and SAT scores (math or reading or writing or composite or total)with the selected majors. The correlations and percentages of minority (women,African American, Hispanics, and economically disadvantaged students) studentschoosing engineering, other STEM fields, or other majors also will be compared tocorrelations and percentages for majority students.

Sahin, A., & Morgan, J. R., & Erdogan, N. (2012, June), Do High School Computer and AP Courses and SAT Test Scores Help Students Choose STEM Majors in College? Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--21232

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