THE EFFECT OF SECONDARY MATHEMATICS ON FUTURE CHOICE IN STEM PROFESSIONS

Ortal Nitzan-Tamar, Zehavit Kohen

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Abstract

Reducing leakage from STEM to non-STEM professions is important, mainly due to the great demand for quality manpower in STEM fields. This study aims to characterize learners who have the potential to drop out of STEM fields, as well as examining various pathways in which dropout occurs. Using big-data analysis based on 534,590 records retrieved from the CBS in Israel for several points in time over one and a half decades, we identified eight pathways to choosing a profession from secondary school to graduating a bachelor's degree, and characterized learners in each pathway based on educational characteristics. Findings reveal three dominant pathways of which one reflects a leakage from STEM in secondary school to non-STEM in higher education. Further, advanced secondary math is the best indicator of completing a STEM degree.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 45th Conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education, 2022
EditorsCeneida Fernández, Salvador Llinares, Ángel Gutiérrez, Núria Planas
PublisherPsychology of Mathematics Education (PME)
Pages243-250
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9788413021775
StatePublished - 2022
Externally publishedYes
Event45th Annual Conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education, PME 2022 - Alicante, Spain
Duration: 18 Jul 202223 Jul 2022

Publication series

NameProceedings of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education
Volume3
ISSN (Print)0771-100X
ISSN (Electronic)2790-3648

Conference

Conference45th Annual Conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education, PME 2022
Country/TerritorySpain
CityAlicante
Period18/07/2223/07/22

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