Starting out in STEM : a study of young men and women in first year science, technology, engineering and mathematics courses

Lyons, Terry, Quinn, Frances, Rizk, Nadya, Anderson, Neil, Hubber, Peter, Kenny, John, Sparrow, Len, West, Jan and Wilson, Sue 2012, Starting out in STEM : a study of young men and women in first year science, technology, engineering and mathematics courses, University of New England, Armidale, N.S.W..

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Title Starting out in STEM : a study of young men and women in first year science, technology, engineering and mathematics courses
Alternative title Starting out in STEM : a study of young men and women in first year science, technology, engineering and mathematics courses : A report from the IRIS project prepared for Australia’s Chief Scientist
Author(s) Lyons, Terry
Quinn, Frances
Rizk, Nadya
Anderson, Neil
Hubber, Peter
Kenny, John
Sparrow, Len
West, Jan
Wilson, Sue
Publication date 2012
Total pages xviii, 99 p.
Publisher University of New England
Place of publication Armidale, N.S.W.
Keyword(s) STEM
science
technology
engineering
mathematics
Australia
Summary In late 2011, first year university students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) courses across Australia were invited to participate in the international Interests and Recruitment in Science (IRIS) study. IRIS investigates the influences on young people's decisions to choose university STEM courses and their subsequent experiences of these courses. The study also has a particular focus on the motivations and experiences of young women in courses such as physics, IT and engineering given the low rates of female participation in these fields. Around 3500 students from 30 Australian universities contributed their views on the relative importance of various school and non-school influences on their decisions, as well as insights into their experiences of university STEM courses so far. It is hoped that their contributions will help improve recruitment, retention and gender equity in STEM higher education and careers.
ISBN 9781921597428
Language eng
Field of Research 139999 Education not elsewhere classified
130399 Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified
130309 Learning Sciences
Socio Economic Objective 930299 Teaching and Instruction not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category A6 Research report/technical paper
HERDC collection year 2012
Copyright notice ©2012, SiMER National Research Centre, University of New England
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30050914

Document type: Report
Collection: School of Education
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