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The Impact of Length of Engagement in After-School STEM Programs on Middle School Girls

Abstract An underrepresentation of females exists in the STEM fields. In order to tackle this issue, work begins early in the education of young women to ensure they are interested and have the confidence to gain a career in the STEM fields. It is important to engage girls in STEM opportunities in and out of school to ignite their interest and build their confidence. Brigid Barron's learning ecology perspective shows that girls pursuing STEM outside of the classroom is critical to their achievement in the STEM pipeline. This study investigated the impact after-school STEM learning opportunities have on middle school girls by investigating (a) how the length of engagement in after-school programs can affect the confidence of female students in th... (more)
Created Date 2015
Contributor Cupp, Garth Meichel (Author) / Spencer, Dee Ann (Advisor) / Appleton, Nicholas (Committee member) / Schauer, David K (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Education / Science education / After-school / Engineering / Equity / Girls / Science / STEM
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 109 pages
Language English
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Note Doctoral Dissertation Educational Administration and Supervision 2015
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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