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"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
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
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
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
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
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