Staff matter: Gender differences in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) career interest development in adolescent youth

Date: 
Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Resource Type:
Peer-reviewed article | Research Products | Literature Review
Environment Type: 
Public Programs, Afterschool Programs, Museum and Science Center Programs
Audience: 
Youth/Teen (up to 17) | Educators/Teachers | Museum/ISE Professionals | Evaluators | Learning Researchers
Discipline: 
Education and learning science | General STEM
Access and Inclusion: 
Women and Girls
Organization:
Museum of Science and Industry, University of Illinois at Chicago
Description: 

We explore the understudied role of program staff in an out-of-school time (OST) program at a large science museum, which may be especially relevant for supporting underrepresented minority (URM) youth’s interest in science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) careers. Using a sequential explanatory mixed-method design, we surveyed 167 program alumni on their science attitudes, career interests, and memories about how the program compared to experiences at home, school, and with friends. We followed that with 49 interviews with alumni. Findings show that, while in the program, alumni who identify as women reported a much greater increase in their STEM career interest than those who identify as men. Interviews suggest this may be related to different types of staff relationships between the genders. We interpret results through the lens of positive youth development and offer recommendations for OST program providers and researchers.

Funder(s): 
NSF
Funding Program: 
AISL
Award Number: 
1514593
Funding Amount: 
$785,638.00
Funder(s): 
Other
Funding Program: 
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) and the National Institutes of Health Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH)
Award Number: 
K12HD055892
Citation
DOI:
10.1080/10888691.2017.1398090
Publication Name: 
Applied Developmental Science
Document:

Team Members

Aaron PriceAuthor
Faith KaresFaith KaresAuthor
Aerika Brittian LoydAerika Brittian LoydAuthor

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