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Qualified, but not choosing STEM at university: unconscious influences on choice of study

Rodd, Melissa and Mujtaba, Tamjid and Reiss, Michael (2014) Qualified, but not choosing STEM at university: unconscious influences on choice of study. Canadian Journal of Science, Mathematics and Technology Education, 14 (4). pp. 330-345. ISSN 1492-6156. DOI UNSPECIFIED

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Abstract

This paper offers explanations as to why good candidates for mathematics or physics degrees might opt to study subjects other than STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) subjects at university. Results come from analysis, informed by psychoanalytic theory and practice, of narrative-style interviews conducted with first-year undergraduates and from survey data. It is argued that psychoanalytic interpretations have a role in educational research. Also, it is shown that unconscious forces influenced young peoples’ decision making. Implications for policy are discussed, in particular, the issues of (1) the role of commitment and (2) of being good enough to study a STEM discipline.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: IOE Departments > Departments > Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment
IOE Departments > Departments > Early Years and Primary Education
Depositing User: Atira Pure
Date Deposited: 24 Feb 2014 11:10
Last Modified: 29 Jan 2015 09:05
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