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IPN-Kolloquium am 26. 3. 2018: How can we get more students to study STEM subjects after the age of 16?

21. März 2018

Am Montag, 26. März 2018, 13:00 h, trägt im Rahmen des IPN-Kolloquiums Prof. Dr. Michael Reiss, UCL Institute of Education, University College London, über das UPMAP-Projekt (Understanding Participation rates in post-16 Mathematics And Physics) vor.

Die Veranstaltung ist öffentlich.
Zeit: 13:00 s.t.
Ort: IPN-Hörsaal, Olshausenstr. 62, Erdgeschoss

There is a shortage of studies in mathematics and science education that examine student engagement over time and research the reasons for the take up or non take up of mathematics and science once these subjects become optional. In the UPMAP (Understanding Participation rates in post-16 Mathematics And Physics) Project we studied these issues with particular reference to mathematics and physics.

Once students are no longer required to do certain subjects, participation depends at least in part on how students see both themselves and the subjects. Each can shift as a result of experiences inside and outside the classroom.

In Strand 1 we designed student questionnaires to include items from established psychological constructs alongside validated subject-specific conceptual tasks so that possible relationships between performance, confidence and intrinsic and extrinsic factors could be explored. A total of approximately 30,000 questionnaires were returned from 141 schools across the UK. In Strand 2 we worked with 12 of our Strand 1 schools in more depth, undertaking a total of 254 student interviews. In Strand 3 we interviewed 51 first year undergraduates across four Higher Education Institutions.

The overall conclusion of the UPMAP Project is that young people are more likely to continue with mathematics and/or physics after the age of 16: if they believe that they will gain from studying the subject in terms of job satisfaction and/or material rewards; if they have been encouraged to do so by a key adult (usually in their family or at their school); if they are can manifest conceptual understanding in the subject(s); and if they have been well taught.

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