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Theory-driven determinants of school students’ stem career goals: a preliminary investigation

conference contribution
posted on 2023-05-24, 20:05 authored by Vesife HatisaruVesife Hatisaru
The aims of this study were to investigate Turkish school students’ attitudes towards STEM disciplines and careers and explore determinants of students’ STEM career goals. In total, 120 lower secondary school students (aged 11 to 14) completed the STEM Semantic Survey including an open-ended question about their career intention after high school and the reasons for their choice. Using the conceptualisation of the influences of behavioural, personal, and contextual variables in career choice decisions, the students’ descriptions of career choice reasons (Lent, Brown, & Hackett, 1994; 2000) were presented to elaborate on the variables that influence their STEM career goals. Attitudes towards individual STEM disciplines were from moderate to high and towards STEM careers were high. The gender difference was negligible. One of the key determinants of students’ career choice intentions was interests, involving interest in a particular career (e.g. architect) and career-relevant activities (e.g. planning, drawing, and designing) or subjects (e.g. mathematics). Larger, societal influences (altruism and patriotism) were among the motives of students’ career goals. Implications for research, practice, and policy-making were presented.


Publication title

26th (Digital) Conference of Mathematical Views (DIMAVI26)


Faculty of Education


University of Bremen

Event title

26th (Digital) Conference of Mathematical Views (DIMAVI26)

Event Venue

Virtual Conference, Online

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Date of Event (End Date)


Repository Status

  • Restricted

Socio-economic Objectives

Higher education; Secondary education; Gender aspects in education