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Encouraging Student Interest in Science and Technology Studies

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.

Published on November 12, 2008

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction
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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