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General Middle School High School Undergraduate
High drop out and switch rates among undergraduate women intending to major in the sciences and engineering depletes the poll of interested qualified and prepared students- further exacerbating the problem of women’s under representation in these fields.
Wiser Lab Research for First Year Undergraduate Students
Women tend to come late to their undergraduate majors, often changing majors several times after arriving at college. This tendency to decide late on a major is one reason many women drop out of math and science, but it could also be one way they are drawn into STEM. Women who leave science explain that they see most math and science courses, (except for pre-med) as not being people oriented.
Apprenticeships in Science policy, undergraduate
“Boys outperform girls in math and science across grades on the National Assessment of Educational Progress and on several of the math- and science-related Advanced Placement exams. And relatively few women pursue postsecondary studies in fields such as engineering and computer science. That overall trend robs the United States of skilled workers and entrepreneurs, business leaders and others say.”
Cavanagh, S. (2007) When It comes to math and science, mom and dad count: Parent attitudes influence how their offspring take to those subjects. Education Week. Vol. 27, Issue 09, Page 8.