American International Journal of Social Science

ISSN 2325-4149(Print), ISSN 2325-4165(Online) DIO: 10.30845/aijss

Teachers’ Influence on Students’ Science Career Choices
Gheorghita M Faitar, Silviu L. Faitar

The present study aims to understand to what extent is teachers’ guidance responsible for helping minority students (according to race, gender, socio-economic status) choose to embrace fulfilling science oriented careers. According to the latest USA educational policy endeavors, the Science, Technology, Mathematics and Engineering (STEM) specializations are currently sought-after domains. To analyze the students’ perception on the influence of teachers and counselors in their STEM career choice, a survey was given to undergraduate students enrolled in Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Physical Therapy, Nursing, and Physician Assistant programs. They were questioned in regard to tracking, and the support received during their high school years. The results clearly show that an early attention to students’ skills and aptitudes, especially when dealing with minority and/or underprivileged ones, is critical in encouraging them to follow future STEM careers, and supports the hypothesis that teacher training needs to adapt to these new requirements.

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