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STEM Identity, Interest, and Engagement

Using the learning strands from the U.S. National Research Council’s Learning Science in Informal Environments: People, Places and Pursuits 2009 consensus report as a starting point, the CAISE Evaluation and Measurement task force set out to add texture and nuance to the understanding and use of constructs and measures across the fields. They selected three constructs of shared interest between ISE and science communication professionals: STEM identity, STEM interest, and STEM engagement.

The task force interviewed 35 scholars including STEM education researchers, science communication scholars, social psychologists, and learning scientists to ask how they define, explore, and measure these constructs. Click the boxes below for video clips, interview highlights, and the full conversations.