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Ellen K. Henriksen, Justin Dillon, Jim Ryder, Understanding Student Participation and Choice in Science and Technology Education, Springer, 2014. ISBN 978-94-007-7793-4. Pages: 412.
This volume offers insights into what determines how students' interest in science and scientific careers evolves, describing specific strategies for the improvement of recruitment and retention in STEM Higher Education. Drawing on data generated by the EU’s Interests and Recruitment in Science (IRIS) project, the book examines the issue of young people’s participation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics education. Featuring both quantitative and qualitative analyses, the material also includes reviews of relevant research in science education, and summaries of empirical data concerning student choices in STEM disciplines in five European countries.