New research paper published from the JOBSTEM project!
April 15, 2018 at 7:25 pm
A new paper „How
important is it to my parents? Transmission of STEM academic values: the role
of parents’ values and practices and children’s perceptions of parental
influences“ written as part of the JOBSTEM project, has been published in
the „International Journal of Science
Education“. The study described in the publication deals with the students'
and their parents' beliefs about the importance of success in STEM school
subjects and the beliefs about the usefulness of these subjects, as well as the
levels of encouraging interests in the domain in their immediate family. Our results
show that students' perception of their parents' valuation of STEM and their
perception of their family's encouragement of STEM interests was the best predictor
of students' beliefs about the usefulness and importance of STEM subjects. These
perceptions were, for the most part, incongruent with the parents' self-reports
of these beliefs and behaviors. The students' skewed perception of their
parents' values might be part of the reason why parental STEM values are
relatively weakly correlated with their children's. Our results further suggest
that parents find it easier to impart beliefs about the usefulness of STEM
school subjects than those about the importance of high achievements in the
STEM school domain. The paper discusses theoretical and practical implications
of these results.