Participation in Mathematics and Science Careers: Longitudinal study of motivational and contextual predictors

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Project Description

Troubling declines in numbers of youth studying advanced mathematics and sciences directly impact
escalating shortages in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics occupations. Dropout occurs
when students elect their senior secondary school subjects, post-secondary education, postgraduate
studies, and employment; girls and women dropout at a faster rate. Losses in motivations during secondary
school predict educational and occupational choices away from STEM fields. Why motivations decline for
different youth, how this predicts career choices, and translates into actual occupational outcomes, are
examined in a study which tracks 2123 youth in 3 complementary longitudinal studies, together spanning
Year 7 until their early thirties.
Effective start/end date1/01/119/11/16


  • Australian Research Council (ARC): A$307,904.00
  • Australian Research Council (ARC): A$256,635.00