STEM and job churning: one influence impacting STEM career choice

Padro, Fernando F. (2012) STEM and job churning: one influence impacting STEM career choice. In: Advancing the STEM Agenda in Education, the Workplace and Society Conference (STEM 2011), Jul 2011, Menomonie, WI. United States .


One of the metaphors often used in the discussion of STEM education is that of a pipeline that begins in primary school and ends in the workforce. When looking at STEM occupations, what vexes employers and policy­ makers is that we cannot seem to get enough students, particularly at the primary and secondary levels, interested in pursuing careers in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in order to meet the increasing demand for these occupations, especially when it comes to getting women and individuals from traditionally underrepresented populations. One noteworthy example of this concern can be found in UCLA's The Higher Education Research Institute (HERI) annual survey of incoming freshmen, which shows that the number of college freshmen wanting to major in STEM fields seems to be dropping in areas not related to health and medicine.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: undergraduate science and technology students; workforce requirements; attracting students
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14 Economics > 1402 Applied Economics > 140202 Economic Development and Growth
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
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