Planning early for careers in science

Tai, R. H., Liu, C. Q., Maltese, A. V., & Fan, X. (2006).

Research summarized in the article cited below (and attached at the bottom of this page) provides longitudinal quantitative evidence that 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)

Subject Area
  • science, math, engineering, technology (STEM)
Age Area
  • elementary (6-11 years old)
  • middle school (12-14 years old)