IHS Seminar: Kerstin Grosch

Apr 01, 2019, 04:00 pm - 05:30 pm, IHS, Josefstädter Straße 39, 1080 Vienna

Increasing childrens‘ interest in MINT – an RCT in Austria

The increasingly progressive and far-reaching processes of change have triggered a high demand for specialists in mathematics, computer science, natural sciences and technology (STEM). One of the challenges to best meet this need is to increase the proportion of women in STEM jobs. In particular, women are underrepresented in STEM professions such as computer science or engineering.

Kerstin Grosch will present a study that aims to promote the MINT interest of children. The interest in MINT is a prerequisite for appropriate decisions that are made (e.g. decision for specific subjects with MINT relation in school, decision to invest time in "MINT" and thus develop skills) and cornerstone for the final decision for a study program or a particular vocational training. We adapt the social cognitive career theory of Lent et al. (1996), which forms the framework for our research. So far, we have identified behavioral economic drivers. These include stereotypical role models, individual self-efficacy and overconfidence. These will be presented in the talk. Furthermore, we are in the process of developing an intervention by means of a Randomized Controlled Trial. In particular with regard to the intervention’s design, Kerstin Grosch and her team are looking forward to constructive comments.

The presentation will be in German.

To register please send an email to event(at)ihs.ac.at.