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International Journal of Innovation and Research in Educational Sciences

Identifying Reasons Influencing Undergraduate STEM and Non-STEM Students’ Enrolment in Science

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Year:
2020
Type of Publication:
Article
Keywords:
STEM, Science, Education, Students Motivation, Interest in Science, Undergraduate Students, Career Aspiration
Authors:
  • Hassan, Ghali
  • Coupland, Mary
  • Dooley, Anthony
Journal:
IJIRES
Volume:
7
Number:
6
Pages:
490-502
Month:
November
ISSN:
2349-5219
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Abstract:
This study investigated students’ interest in science, and students’ reasons for enrolling in undergraduate science courses. Data were collected from 571 STEM and non-STEM students enrolled in undergraduate programs at a metropolitan university in Australia. The total sample for this study contained 299 males (52.3%) and 272 females (47.6%). The data analysed using thematic to determine how to determine what motivate student to enrol in their perspective courses. An open-ended question was used to ascertain the factors influencing students’ enrolment in science subjects. The results of this study reveal that students’ aspiration to pursue career in science are strongly related to academic interest and student engagement. A number of themes are discussed. Overall, the basic results showed that on average students’ motivation to study science is high among university students.

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