STEM Interest in Elementary School Children
Keywords:STEM, Women in STEM, Childhood Education, Self-efficacy, School Environment
STEM is a fast-growing field, and it is becoming increasingly important with technological innovations; however, the STEM workforce is still predominantly composed of men. This paper will highlight how these gender disparities may be emerging at a young age by examining differences in female and male self-efficacy and the impact of the school environment. It will also provide an alternative model to the STEM pipeline. The purpose of this study is to determine whether disparities are occurring at an elementary level, and if so, what factors they may be the result of. Currently, most research is focused on how these disparities emerge in higher education; thus, this research aims to see if there is another key group being excluded by existing research.
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