Relationship of Technology Affinity to STEM Career Perceptions in High School and College Students
Gerald Knezek, Leila Mills, Jenny Wakefield, University of North Texas, United States ; Susan Hopper, UNT, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Austin, Texas, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-92-1 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
Abstract: Technology Affinity and STEM Semantic Survey data were gathered from 152 high school students, general college students, and preservice teacher candidates during 2011 to investigate how well technology affinity and STEM disposition measures function as indicators of STEM career interest. Major findings were that STEM career interest can be predicted (RSQ = .35, p < .0005) based on a combination of four STEM Semantic Survey scales (Science, Math, Engineering, Technology) together with the Technology Affinity Scale. Reasonably accurate predictions (RSQ = .23, p < .001) can be produced by using only Semantic Perception of Mathematics and the Technology Affinity Scale. Students with higher technology affinity tend to have lower dispositions / aspirations toward STEM as a career. Math dispositions were generally lower than Science, Engineering, or Technology across all groups. Implications for teacher education are that efforts should be increased to promote positive perceptions of math prior to the secondary school level.
Knezek, G., Mills, L., Wakefield, J. & Hopper, S. (2012). Relationship of Technology Affinity to STEM Career Perceptions in High School and College Students. In P. Resta (Ed.), Proceedings of SITE 2012--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 1909-1914). Austin, Texas, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).