Encouraging Student Interest in Science and Technology Studies

Published on November 12, 2008


Encouraging Student Interest in Science and Technology Studies examines overall trends in higher education enrolments and the evolution of S&T compared with other disciplines. The results suggest that although absolute numbers of S&T students have been rising as access to higher levels of education expands in OECD economies, the relative share of S&T students among the overall student population has been falling, The report shows that encouraging interest in S&T studies requires action to tackle a host of issues inside and outside the education system, ranging from teacher training and curriculum design to improving the image of S&T careers. Numerous examples of national initiatives are used to complement the analyses to derive a set of practical recommendations.


Quantitative Analysis: Is There a Real Decline?
Complexity of Contributing/Influencing Factors
Increasing Student Interest in S&T Studies
Overall Conclusions and Recommendations
Annex A
Annex B
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