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Factors explaining gymnasium students' technology related career orientations
University of Tartu, Tartu, Estonia.
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Science and Mathematics Education. University of Tartu. (UmSER)
University of Tartu, Tartu, Estonia.
University of Tartu, Tartu, Estonia.
2015 (English)In: Journal of Baltic Science Education, ISSN 1648-3898, Vol. 14, no 6, 706-722 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In the current study, gymnasium students’ technology-related career orientations were studied from a Social Cognitive Career Theory perspective. In order to address students’ lack of interest in technology related careers as recognised worldwide, the design-based science learning (DBSL) approach was used. For the purposes of the current study, five learning modules were adapted by the research team from those developed within a European project and taught by science teachers (N=18). At the beginning of the study, 10th-11th grade students (N=314)completed a questionnaire consisting of measures of career goals, interests, self-efficacy, outcome expectations and contextual supports in relation to technology. After teaching 2-3 modules, students’ technology-related career goals were again determined using a reduced version of the same questionnaire. Based on the outcomes, it was found that at the beginning of the study, boys’ future career goals were significantly more connected with technology than those for girls. In addition, boys had a stronger background related to technology. As a result of the intervention,students’ technology-related career goals became significantly stronger for both boys, as well as for girls, but the change was more pronounced for girls.

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2015. Vol. 14, no 6, 706-722 p.
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design-based science learning, gymnasium students, Social Cognitive Career Theory, technology-related career interests
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-117068ISI: 000369917000002OAI: diva2:904653
EU, FP7, Seventh Framework Programme
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