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Phelps, Camburn co-author paper about choosing STEM majors, pre-college courses

March 12, 2018

A paper co-authored by UW-Madison's Allen Phelps and Eric Camburn in the Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research examines the role pre-college engineering courses play in a student's choice of a STEM college major.

Phelps is a professor emeritus with the School of Education’s Department of ‚ÄčEducational Leadership and Policy Analysis, while Camburn is a professor with that same department.

Sookweon Min is another co-author of the paper, from the Korea Research Institute for Vocational Education and Training. 

Through their research, the paper found that students who earned three credits through high school engineering and engineering technology courses were 1.6 times more likely to enroll in STEM majors. This finding persisted "even after controlling for students’ social backgrounds, academic preparation and attitudes during high school, college choice considerations, and early postsecondary education experiences."

To learn much more, ‚Äčread the paper online: "Choosing STEM College Majors: Exploring the Role of Pre-College Engineering Courses."

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