Exploring Middle School Students’ Interest and Their Perceptions of The Effect of Stem Education on Their Future Careers | ICRES

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Exploring Middle School Students’ Interest and Their Perceptions of The Effect of Stem Education on Their Future Careers

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Dr. Derar Serhan, Arizona State University, United States of America
Dr. Farouq Almeqdadi, Educator, Jordan

Abstract

This study investigated middle school students'interestsand perceptions of the importance of developing their knowledge and skillsinScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) inthe United Arab Emirates (UAE). In addition, the study also investigated the effect of gender on students’ interests and perceptions. One hundred fifty-four students participated in the study.Data were collected using a survey consisting of 48 questions divided into four major categories: demographics, students’ knowledge about the job market in relation to STEM, students’ interest in STEM subjects, and students’ perceptions of the importance of a solid knowledge of STEM on their future careers.The resultsindicated that all students believed that having good scientific knowledge and skills are important to geta decent job in today’smarket. In addition,the results of the study showed that gender was not a significant factor on students’ interests in STEM;female students were more interested in learning Chemistry and Biology, while male students were more interested in learning Mathematics.

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STEM education, students' perceptions, gender difference  

Citation

Serhan, D. & Almeqdadi, F. (2021). Exploring Middle School Students’ Interest and Their Perceptions of The Effect of Stem Education on Their Future Careers. In M. Shelley, I. Chiang, & O. T. Ozturk (Eds.), Proceedings of ICRES 2021--International Conference on Research in Education and Science (pp. 1-10). Monument, CO, USA: ISTES Organization. Retrieved 26 October 2021 from www.2021.icres.net/proceedings/131/.

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