Advancing Research on Youth Motivation in STEM: A Report on the NSF ITEST Convening
This report outlines the discussions and outcomes of the Advancing Research on Youth Motivation in STEM Convening held at Boston College (Chestnut Hill, MA) in September 2011. The convening was hosted by the ITEST Learning Resource Center (LRC) at Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC).
The Convening focused on two overarching questions: (1) What is currently known about motivation around STEM for underrepresented youth? and (2) What can be done to cultivate new research on STEM motivation for underrepresented youth? It brought together youth participants and principal investigators (PIs) from ITEST with leading researchers, psychologists, and sociologists to develop a theoretical research framework to guide future research on youth motivation in STEM, with a particular emphasis on youth from populations most underrepresented in the STEM workforce, specifically women, minorities and people with disabilities.