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Qualified, but Not Choosing STEM at University: Unconscious Influences on Choice of Study
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CJSMTE Volume 14, Number 4, ISSN 1492-6156

Abstract

This article offers explanations as to why good candidates for mathematics or physics degrees might opt to study subjects other than STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) subjects at university. Results come from analysis, informed by psychoanalytic theory and practice, of narrative-style interviews conducted with first-year undergraduates and from survey data. It is argued that psychoanalytic interpretations have a role in educational research. Also, it is shown that unconscious forces influenced young peoples' decision making. Implications for policy are discussed, in particular, the issues of (a) the role of commitment and (b) being good enough to study a STEM discipline.

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Rodd, M., Reiss, M. & Mujtaba, T. (2014). Qualified, but Not Choosing STEM at University: Unconscious Influences on Choice of Study. Canadian Journal of Science, Mathematics and Technology Education, 14(4), 330-345. Retrieved February 25, 2020 from .

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