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Planning Early for Careers in Science


Research Summary


This article from the May 2006 issue of Science provides longitudinal quantitative evidence encouraging middle school students (and perhaps elementary students) to consider science careers can be effective. Eighth grade students' self-reported expectations for being in a science related career at age 30 were a more accurate predictor of getting a science-related college degree than the math or science test scores of those same eighth grade students. The article conlcudes: "Encouragement of interest and exposure to the sciences should not be ignored in favor of an emphasis on standardized test preparation" (p. 1144)


Label Value
Author Tai, Robert H et al.
Subject Area
  • science, math, engineering, technology (STEM)
  • environmental science, environmental studies, ecological restoration
Delivery Area
  • school based
Outcome Area
  • academic performance
  • teacher practice
Participant Area
  • student
  • educator
  • school
Age Area
  • elementary (6-11 years old)
  • middle school (12-14 years old)