New research paper published from the JOBSTEM project!
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.
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