ITP | The development of STEM motivation among diverse adolescents: Barriers and sources of support

March 1, 2024, Noon-1:30 pm Central Time

259 Educational Sciences and Zoom

Christy Starr

Assistant Professor, Educational Psychology, UW–Madison

Christy Starr

Adolescents are busy exploring their identities and life goals, including what kind of careers they want to go into. STEM careers are a popular dream job among some adolescents, but there are inequities in motivation to enter STEM careers and take STEM courses based on gender, race/ethnicity, and social class. This talk explores barriers to STEM motivation among adolescents (such as stereotypes) as well as ways to motivate adolescents in STEM (such as via family support). Dr. Christy Starr will be presenting two representative studies, exploring how stereotypes relate to students’ STEM motivation, as well as how different kinds of social support (from parents, peers, and teachers) predict the development of adolescents’ STEM motivation over high school.

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