The Journal of Technology Studies
Many students enroll in college programs to prepare for their future careers. All are required to complete general studies courses. At one university, technology and STEM courses fulfill a part of the natural science and technology general education requirements. This study uses a survey design to explore why 332 students chose to enroll in a STEM technology course. Results found most enroll because their advisor suggests the course, it meets a general education major requirement, and the course is offered at a convenient time. Fewer enroll in the course because they would like to find out more about STEM fields, be exposed to potential careers, or because of the implicit need to study STEM subjects. Student mathematics skills were analyzed to determine if these skills influenced their choice for selecting this technology STEM course.
Original Publication Citation
Enderson, M. C., & Ritz, J. (2016). STEM in general education: Does mathematics competence influence course selection. The Journal of Technology Studies, 42(1), 30-40. doi: 10.21061/jots.v42i1.a.3
Enderson, Mary C. and Ritz, John, "STEM in General Education: Does Mathematics Competence Influence Course Selection" (2016). STEMPS Faculty Publications. 38.