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Title: Sex differences in the perceived value of outreach and museums/science centres in students' decisions to enrol in university science, technology and engineering courses
Contributor(s): Lyons, Terry  (author); Quinn, Frances  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2014
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Abstract: This paper reports a number of findings from the Interests and Recruitment in Science (IRIS) study carried out in Australia in 2011. The findings concern the perceptions of first year university students in science, technology and engineering courses about the influence of museums/science centres and outreach activities on their choice of course. The study found that STE students in general tended to rate museums/science centres as more important in their decisions than outreach activities. However, a closer examination showed that females in engineering courses were significantly more inclined to rate outreach activities as important than were males in engineering courses or females in other courses. The implications of this finding for strategies to encourage more young women into engineering are discussed.
Publication Type: Conference Publication
Conference Name: ESERA 2013: 10th Conference of the European Science Education Research Association, Nicosia, Cyprus, 2nd - 7th September, 2013
Conference Details: ESERA 2013: 10th Conference of the European Science Education Research Association, Nicosia, Cyprus, 2nd - 7th September, 2013
Source of Publication: Proceedings of the ESERA 2013 Conference: Science Education Research For Evidence-based Teaching and Coherence in Learning (Strand 12: Cultural, social and gender issues in science and technology education), p. 1-7
Publisher: European Science Education Research Association (ESERA)
Place of Publication: online
Field of Research (FOR): 130399 Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified
130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
130299 Curriculum and Pedagogy not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 939999 Education and Training not elsewhere classified
930599 Education and Training Systems not elsewhere classified
939903 Equity and Access to Education
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: E1 Refereed Scholarly Conference Publication
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