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Psychosocial Factors Impacting STEM Career Selection

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Journal of Educational Research Volume 111, Number 4, ISSN 0022-0671


Attention on P-20 science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education has increased tremendously in recent years. Many efforts are underway to promote STEM major and career selection across the nation; specifically, in engineering and computer science. The authors' purpose was to examine an underlying profile combinations of latent traits that influence student STEM career selection while designing serious educational games (SEGs). The authors combine a number of quantitative analysis methods in an effort to develop a rich understanding of how a profile combination of traits interact with one another to effect selection of STEM careers and majors. Study participants were 585 students enrolled in a full-time traditional high school. The addition of SEG design experiences into the student profile increases the probability of STEM career selection by 5.1 times.


Lamb, R., Annetta, L., Vallett, D., Firestone, J., Schmitter-Edgecombe, M., Walker, H., Deviller, N. & Hoston, D. (2018). Psychosocial Factors Impacting STEM Career Selection. Journal of Educational Research, 111(4), 446-458. Retrieved June 24, 2019 from .

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