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2014 | By: Jody L.S. Jahn and Karen K. Myers

Vocational Anticipatory Socialization Of Adolescents

"Vocational Anticipatory Socialization Of Adolescents: Messages, Sources, And Frameworks That Influence Interest In STEM Careers" ABSTRACT: By high school, many students have dropped out of the pipeline that will lead to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) occupations. We examine the role of vocational anticipatory socialization (VAS)—the types of messages adolescents receive, message sources, and adolescents’ frameworks—on youth’s educational and vocational interests. Adolescents (37 focus groups, N = 229) reported that they received two types of VAS messages: personal fulfillment (advising students to prioritize their well-being) and career detail (advising students about specific aspects of an occupation). Adolescents used three career frameworks (enjoyment, ability, and goal) that filtered and often magnified VAS messages and experiences. We extend VAS research by identifying two primary purposes of the career advice embedded in VAS messages and three career frameworks. Practical implication are that parents can affect adolescents’ beliefs about their abilities and potential enjoyment of STEM careers by supplementing personal fulfillment messages with career detail messages. Individuals in STEM occupations are in the best position to encourage adolescents by offering career detail, discussing how their career can be rewarding and how math and science classes can influence their career attainment.222_Jahn_and_Myers_2013.pdf

Region: S South Atlantic

Contributor: Ta-Shana Taylor

Tags: careers/workforce, research/report/data, STEM

2014 | By: Ronald Driggers

Optical Engineering to a 14-Year-Old Girl

OpEd writing by the author in partnership with his 14 year-old daughter, reflecting on the attractiveness of engineering to girls.214_Optical_Engineering_to_a_14yr_old_girl.pdf

Region: N South Atlantic

Contributor: Ta-Shana Taylor

Tags: motivation, STEM, gender

2014 | By: Ainissa Ramirez

Save Our Science: How To Inspire A New Generation Of Scientists

In "Save Our Science: How to Inspire a New Generation of Scientists," long time Yale professor Ainissa Ramirez makes an impassioned call for a recommitment to improve science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education in our schools and throughout our society. She describes what habits we need to change to make STEM fun again, as well as a plan for how to increase every child's participation in these disciplines. The 21st century requires a new kind of learner -- not someone who can simply churn out answers by rote, as has been done in the past, but a student who can think expansively and solve problems resourcefully.215_Save_Our_Science__How_to_Inspire_a_New_Generation_of_Scientists_-_Ainissa_Ramirez.pdf

Region: N South Atlantic

Contributor: Ta-Shana Taylor

Tags: research/report/data, science instructional strategies, STEM, girl-friendly strategies, outreach/recruitment

2013 | By: The Wall Street Journal

Can Building Toys for Girls Improve Math and Tech Skills?

Are girls' toys the secret to increasing the number of women in the fields of engineering and other careers that rely on top spacial skills? Diana Kapp joins Lunch Break. April 16, 2013 View External Website

Region: S South Atlantic

Contributor: Ta-Shana Taylor

Tags: Girl-friendly instructional strategies, Instructional Strategies, STEM

2013 | By: Judith Barra Austin

Purdue Engineer: Toys Can Help Develop STEM Skills In Children

One of the hot topics on social media this holiday season is finding gifts that can help children, especially girls, develop science- and engineering-related skills. November 25, 2013View External Website

Region: S South Atlantic

Contributor: Ta-Shana Taylor

Tags: Girl-friendly instructional strategies, Instructional Strategies, STEM

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Science Central's Ms. Tech Camp

With support from a Girls RISEnet Minigrant, Science Central, a hands-on science center in northeast Indiana, partnered with the Boys and Girls Club of Fort Wayne and the Fort Wayne Urban League, as well as the general public, to host our first ...Read More

Privacy Policy | The Girls RISE (Raising Interest in Science and Engineering) National Museum Network is funded by Grant No. HRD-0937245 from the National Science Foundation (NSF), Human Resource Development, Research on Gender in Science and Engineering Extension Services (GSE/EXT) Program. Project collaborators include the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science, the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) and SECME, Inc. The project seeks to increase the capacity of science centers and museums to interest girls from underrepresented populations in the engineering sciences