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Sparking STEM Interest Is Key to Earning Degree, Study Says
The most promising pathway to generating more college graduates with STEM degrees is not enrolling students in advanced math and science classes in high school or emphasizing higher achievement, a new study suggests, but simply doing more to spark their interest in the subjects.
"Focusing attention on increasing student interest in science and mathematics and demonstrating to students the utility of these subjects in their current and future roles may pay greater dividends in building the STEM workforce," concludes the analysis, just published in the journal Science Education.
Drawing on national longitudinal data, education researchers Adam V. Maltese from Indiana University, Bloomington, and Robert H. Tai from the University of Virginia evaluated the influence of student attitudes, experiences, and performance over the time span from adolescence through early adulthood. They created a model to shed light on how various school-based factors might influence students' decisions to pursue and complete a college degree in the STEM fields: science, technology, engineering, and math.