A new publication from the JOBSTEM project is out!
September 25, 2017 at 12:33 pm
A new research paper, „Predicting gender-STEM stereotyped beliefs among boys and girls from prior school achievement and interest in STEM school subjects“ was published in the international journal „Social Psychology of Education“.
Data collected during the JOBSTEM project was used for the study, which addressed the level of gender-stereotyped beliefs in the STEM domain among Croatian elementary school students for the first time and analyzed the possibility of predicting these beliefs on the basis of school achievement and interest in STEM school subjects. In the paper, we show that Croatian students hold gender-stereotyped beliefs about the suitability of STEM domains, in the direction of them being more suitable for boys than for girls. Furthermore, these beliefs were more pronounced in the boys than in the girls group, and in higher-achieving students as opposed to lower-achieving ones.
An especially interesting finding is the significant interaction found between students' level of interest in the STEM domain and the gender of the student when predicting the gender-STEM stereotyped beliefs. We find that boys with more interest in the STEM domain also hold stronger gender stereotypes about STEM, whereas the opposite is true for girls.