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SET YOUR MIND! : Effects of an intervention on mindset, self-efficacy, and intended STEM choice of students

Meijerink, E.M. (2016) SET YOUR MIND! : Effects of an intervention on mindset, self-efficacy, and intended STEM choice of students.

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Abstract:There is a shortage of technical skilled personnel in the Netherlans. This shortage could partly be reduced by increasing the inflow of students choosing for a STEM study (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). In order to stimulate students to choose a STEM study, the present study tried to shift the mindset of students from a fixed to a growth mindset. For this purpose, an experimental pre-post control group design was conducted among students from pre-university education (vwo5). After a total of 173 students of six schools filled out the questionnaire, students holding a fixed mindset were invited to participate in the intervention. From the 57 students who were invited to participate, 28 were part of the experimental group and 25 ended up in the control group. As expected, general and STEM mindsets of students were shifted and self-efficacy did increase. However, no significant change in STEM choice was found between the experimental and control group. Further research needs to be conducted to learn more about other variables that influence STEM choic. This study should also involve teachers and parents as well as since their mindset also influences STEM choice of students.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:70 social sciences in general, 77 psychology, 81 education, teaching
Programme:Educational Science and Technology MSc (60023)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/70703
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