New Orleans, Louisiana
June 26, 2016
June 26, 2016
August 28, 2016
Pre-College Engineering Education Division
STEMChoice: An Examination of Program Evaluation Data in a STEM-centered, Inquiry-based Program (Research to Practice)
University of XYZ
On a national scale, there has been a call for improved instruction in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) at all educational levels. In addition, claims have been made regarding the lack of a viable STEM workforce in certain critical areas. Consequently, many resources have been devoted to encouraging and motivating students in the secondary levels to pursue a STEM-related career.
This paper is centered on the efforts of an inquiry-based, STEM educational program that uses the conception, design, production, and deployment of rockets as a way to teach and improve students STEM-related workforce skills. The target population included high school students in one state in the southern region of the United States. Program evaluation data was collected via a student questionnaire grounded on two theories: Social Career Cognitive Theory (SCCT) and the Theory of Planned Behavior (TPB).
Based on program data collected during the 2014-2015 academic year, this paper will examine the effectiveness of the program in motivating students to pursue a STEM career, using the theoretical lens of Social Cognitive Career Theory (SCCT). The following research question will be addressed: What factors help predict student intentions to pursue a STEM career upon graduation of high school?
A stepwise multiple regression model was established to predict students’ inclination to choose a STEM career. Findings suggest a viable model which accounted for the most amount of variability in students’ inclination to pursue a STEM career, R = .40, F (4, 444) =20.885, p < .01. The predictors within this model were focused on teamwork, overall student evaluation of the program, and problem solving.
Youngblood, T. D., & Yeter, I. H., & Williams, C. M., & Burley, H. (2016, June), STEMChoice: An Examination of Program Evaluation Data in a STEM-Centered, Inquiry-Based Program Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.25875
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