Do High School Computer and AP Courses and SAT Test Scores Help Students Choose STEM Majors in College? Curricular pathways in high school settings that lead to STEM majors

Alpaslan Sahin, James Morgan, Niyazi Erdogan

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Abstract

A quantitative case study design was employed to investigate the relationships between students’computer and Advanced Placement (AP) course taking, SAT test scores, and their STEM major selection. Study data were collected through an online survey from a multi-school charter school system in which variety of computer courses are offered to 9-12 grade students. The study showed that students’ SAT reading, composite (math + reading), and total scores had statistically significant relationship with students STEM major choice. Even though there was not a statistically significant relationship between students’ SAT math scores, there was a pattern showing that students with higher SAT math scores were more inclined to choose a STEM major. We also found that there was a statistically significant relationship between the number of students’ AP science and AP courses and their STEM major selections. The last analysis revealed that there was no statistically significant difference between those but we found that those who chose STEM majors took more computer courses than those who did not choose to do so.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 119th ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition
Subtitle of host publicationSpurring Big Ideas in Education
Place of PublicationUnited States
PublisherAmerican Society for Engineering Education
Pages1-13
Number of pages13
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Event2012 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition - Grand Hyatt, San Antonio, United States
Duration: 10 Jun 201213 Jun 2012
https://peer.asee.org/collections/2012-asee-annual-conference-exposition
https://www.asee.org/conferences-and-events/conferences/annual-conference/past-conferences/2012

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Conference2012 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition
Abbreviated titleSpurring Big Ideas in Education
CountryUnited States
CitySan Antonio
Period10/06/1213/06/12
OtherThe ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition is the only conference dedicated to all disciplines of engineering education. It is committed to fostering the exchange of ideas, enhancing teaching methods and curriculum, and providing prime networking opportunities for engineering and technology education stakeholders such as deans, faculty members and industry and government representatives. The ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition hosts over 400 technical sessions, with peer-reviewed papers spanning all disciplines of engineering education. Attendees include deans, faculty and researchers, students, and retirees. Distinguished lectures run on Wednesday, and there are two Main Plenaries. In addition to various award receptions and banquets, ASEE also will feature a complimentary "Meet the Board Forum," providing the opportunity for all registrants to meet with members of the ASEE Board of Directors and discuss current issues in engineering and technology.
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