What make them leave and where do they go? non-completion and institutional departures in STEM

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This chapter presents the results of a quantitative analysis of national
data covering Danish students who in the period 1995-2009 completed an uppersecondary
school programme and entered a higher-education science, technology,
engineering or mathematics (STEM) programme. The analysis focuses on identifying
variables that change the hazard ratio for (1) entering a STEM programme
and (2) leaving a STEM programme without completing it. Finally, the chapter
explores (3) the destinations of students who leave a STEM higher-education programme.
It is found that there has been no change in the relative chance of a male
or female student entering a STEM programme. The results suggest that female
students are more affected by achieving a high grade-point average and by the educational background of their parents than are the male students. The relative risk
of non-completion is higher for women than for men, but the most important factor
is GPA on entry. A disturbing result is that when student leave a STEM programme,
only one third enter another STEM programme. Slightly more enter a non-STEM programme while non-STEM leavers only rarely enter a STEM programme.
Non-completion in STEM higher education is a net loss of STEM graduates
TitelUnderstanding Student Participation and Choice in Science and Technology Education
RedaktørerEllen Karoline Henriksen, Justin Dillon, Jim Ryder
Udgivelses stedDordrecht Heidelberg New York London
ForlagSpringer Science+Business Media
ISBN (Trykt)978-94-007-7792-7
ISBN (Elektronisk)978-94-007-7793-4
StatusUdgivet - 2015

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