Impact of Explicitly Teaching STEM Careers on Students’ Interest in Pursuing a STEM Career Among 8th Grade Students

Date of Award

Spring 5-14-2021

Document Type

Project (696 or 796 registration)

Degree Name

Master of Science in Curriculum & Instruction


Graduate Studies

Committee Chair

Aaron Peterson


STEM, Middle School, Self-Efficacy


The purpose of this study was to determine effective strategies that can be used in the middle school classroom to increase student interest in STEM careers and topics. The study aimed to determine the effect of exposing students to the diversity of available STEM careers on their interest in STEM careers. Specifically, the study examined the effect on students of color and female students, as they are often underrepresented and unengaged in science, technology, engineering and math topics. The study utilized the strategy of mentorship, as diverse mentors from these fields taught about their specific careers. A pre/post survey was given to understand the effect of the career intervention on student STEM self-efficacy.

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