Educator Survey: Shifting Students’ Perceptions of STEM

By: Tina Shaffer

There are nothing but opportunities for those students thinking about careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). The field continues to shift, just as student perceptions do. That is why Destination Imagination, National Girls Collaborative Project, National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity and Educational Research Center of America (ERCA) are collaborating on a research project focused on high school students’ perceptions of STEM careers.

By including your students as part of this important research project, you can help them:

  • further consider their strengths, interests, and the career options open to them;
  • receive targeted information from colleges, universities, career and technical schools, and other postsecondary institutions seeking to recruit students with their specific interests, talents, skill sets, and career goals; and
  • gain more access to postsecondary scholarship opportunities.

Later this year, ERCA will share a summary of student perceptions to help students, families, teachers, and guidance counselors better understand students’ perspectives on the topic and engage in meaningful conversations about career and postsecondary educational opportunities.

If you’re a high school educator and want to make sure you receive this package, here’s what you need to do:

  • Send an email to [email protected]  and make sure “STEM Career Survey” is in the subject line.
  • Watch your inbox during the back-to-school season for a package from The Research Consortium on STEM Career Pathways.

Together, we can help stimulate a dialogue on career pathways among parents, teachers and students.

If you have already received a package from The Research Consortium on STEM Career Pathways, we encourage you to send the packets back soon to help ERCA complete the research project. Thank you for participating!