The Attractiveness of STEM subjects: an overview of students’ interest in STEM careers in five countries
Studies funded by the European Commission, private companies and international research organisations highlight the prospect of insufficient supply of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) workforce which may hinder further economic development and reduce the economic competitiveness of European countries.
In this context, STEM Alliance and Amgen joined forces to explore ways of making STEM studies and careers more appealing to the young people of Europe, explore factors influencing secondary school students' perceptions, motivation and aspirations towards STEM and define effective strategies to promote STEM studies and careers among young people.
The report's aim is to provide STEM employers, policy makers, and other relevant stakeholders with a better understanding of what works in STEM teaching and career education in secondary schools. By learning what motivates and what discourages young people in secondary school to choose STEM over other study fields, STEM industries will be able to reflect on their education projects, identify areas for improvement and, ultimately, help increase the effectiveness of their educational policies and initiatives aimed at promoting young people's interest in learning STEM subjects in school and choosing STEM career paths.
Link to the full report: http://bit.ly/Attractiveness-of-STEM-2019-pdf