Share Paper: STEM College-Bound: Relationship of Familial Factors

  1. Michelle Peters, University of Houston - Clear Lake, United States
  2. Ahmed Abukmail, University of Houston - Clear Lake, United States
  3. Jana Willis, University of Houston - Clear Lake, United States
Wednesday, March 20 3:20-3:40 PM Melrose 1

Abstract: Schools continue to explore opportunities to increase underserved populations in computer science and broader STEM fields. Studies exploring factors that impact student decisions are needed. This study examined the relationship between minority students’ familial mitigating stereotypical factors and STEM careers pursuit. A purposeful sample of 419 high school freshman from a large urban southeastern Texas school district with a high minority population were surveyed to assess parental influence, school subject preference, and future education and career goals. Findings indicate a significant number of students claim they have plans to attend college. However, there was a statistically significant relationship between student’s ...