Parental Involvement For High School Stem Classes

1005 WordsOct 24, 20165 Pages
A study conducted by researchers Judith Harackiewicz, Christopher Rozek, Chris Hullerman, and Janet Hyde analyzed the effectiveness of parental involvement concerning their children’s choice in high school STEM classes. The researchers hypothesized that parents could be key components in raising STEM enrollment by talking to their children and discussing the positive aspects of these often overlooked courses. Another aspect of the hypothesis was that the parents’ values of these courses would be influenced by the end of 11th grade which would lead to more open conversations held between the parents and their children. The subjects of the study included high school students and their parents from clinics in two Wisconsin areas, Milwaukee and Dane County. A majority of the mothers, 95 percent, were married to the child’s father. Both of the parents had similar amounts of schooling and held household incomes averaging slightly above the median income of two-income couples. Also, an overwhelming amount of the participants were white, 90 percent in fact. For the experiment, 188 adolescents and their parents were split into two groups, the intervention group and the control group. The intervention itself, which included the passing of information involving STEM courses to the parents, occurred between 10th and 11th grade for the intervention group. The researchers indicated in the paper’s abstract that this study is classified as a field experiment. In essence, the study was
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