Res Sci Educ https://doi.org/10.1007/s11165-018-9729-4 Multivariate Assessment of Middle School Students’ Interest in STEM Career: a Profile from Turkey 1 2 Zeynep Koyunlu Ünlü & İlbilge Dökme Springer Science+Business Media B.V., part of Springer Nature 2018 Abstract According to a report by the Turkish Industry and Business Association, Turkey will need approximately 1 million individuals to be employed in Science Technology Engi- neering Mathematics (STEM) fields by 2023, and 31% of this requirement will not be met. For continuous economic development, there is a need to integrate STEM into education in Turkey, which brings the need for research in this area. This study, based on a survey model, aimed to determine the level of interest of a sample of Turkish middle school students in STEM careers on the basis of gender, where they lived, grade levels, their end-of-semester grades, and their parents’ educational status and levels of income. The research data was collected using the STEM Career Interest Survey (STEM-CIS) and Personal Information Form, which were applied to 851 middle school students (fifth and eighth graders). The collected data was analyzed with SPSS using Mann Whitney U and Kruskal Wallis H tests. It was found that middle school students’ interest
Research in Science Education – Springer Journals
Published: May 28, 2018
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