Parents can play active role in making teens interested in math and science

Asia News International:

Experts in research and policy have examined different ways to enhance and promote STEM education – science, technology, engineering and math – among students, but most of these efforts are focused within the four walls of the classroom.

A new study goes beyond the classroom to examine the unique role that parents can play in promoting students’ STEM motivation.

“Our focus for this project was different from our previous work. In classes, we try to promote students’ motivation and performance in that class, but with families, our goal is to promote choices about which courses to take,” said lead author Judith Harackiewicz, of the University of Wisconsin.

Because many math and science classes are not required, especially in the last two years of high school, student enrollment may be a more fundamentally important issue than student motivation.

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