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Brown, Patrick L.; Concannon, James P.; Marx, Donna; Donaldson, Christopher W.; Black, Alicia – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2016
The purpose of this teacher research study is to ascertain students' interest in STEM and beliefs about STEM before and after STEM specific instruction, explore possible differences in STEM self-efficacy by gender, and explore differences in STEM self-efficacy by group role. Our primary data sources include a modified attitudinal survey and…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Self Efficacy, STEM Education, Student Attitudes
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Knezek, Gerald; Christensen, Rhonda; Tyler-Wood, Tandra; Gibson, David – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2015
Data gathered from 325 middle school students in four U.S. states indicate that both male (p < 0.0005, RSQ = 0.33) and female (p < 0.0005, RSQ = 0.36) career aspirations for "being a scientist" are predictable based on knowledge of dispositions toward mathematics, science and engineering, plus self-reported creative tendencies. For…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Gender Differences, STEM Education, Occupational Aspiration