Community Engagement Through STEM Education

Interests and Recruitment in Science (IRIS) Project releases "Starting Out in STEM" report



The “Interests and Recruitment in Science (IRIS)” Project has recently released its "Starting Out in STEM" report which was prepared for Australia’s Chief Scientist. This is a study focusing on young men and women in first year STEM courses at Australian Universities.

Some of the key recommendations for action at the school level include:

  1. “Develop and/or support effective outreach programs educating Year 9 -12 girls about the opportunities available in STEM fields with traditionally low female representation.”
  2. “Establish a comprehensive online resource for Careers Advisors, parents and students providing useful, reliable, and current advice on STEM courses and careers.”
  3. “Developers of the Australian Curriculum, subsequent state/territory syllabuses and associated teaching resources in science, mathematics and IT should ensure these documents reflect the pre-eminence of personal interest and practical application among the many influences on students’ decisions to choose university STEM courses.” 
  4. “Teachers should appreciate that they often have a greater impact than they imagine on students’ decisions about choosing STEM courses and careers.”
  5. “Increase the number of opportunities for Work Experience placements for prospective STEM students.”

Published on: 02 Dec 2012 10:25pm