EFFORTS TO INCREASE STUDENTS’ INTEREST IN PURSUING SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING AND MATHEMATICS STUDIES AND CAREERS

National Measures taken by 30 Countries – 2015 Report

The information provided in this report is based on the national contributions received from the Scientix National Contact Points representing 30 countries, in response to a survey on national measures and initiatives to increase students’ interest in pursuing STEM studies and careers, launched in the summer of 2015 by European Schoolnet. This main source of data is complemented with information presented by a number of Ministries of Education during European Schoolnet’s annual conference, Eminent, on 18-19 November 2015, which was organised by the Scientix project.

The previous edition of the current report was published in 2011. This report is the latest edition, and has been written by European Schoolnet, with the support of the project Scientix. This latest report in the series updates the information published on certain issues in the 2011 edition, provides further information where available about ongoing initiatives, as well as new information concerning the additional nine countries who have contributed to this year’s report (Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Malta, Poland, and the United Kingdom).

Moreover, this 2015 edition of the report has a special focus on teacher education policies and initiatives. This focus is the result of the previous edition of the report (covering a wide range of issues in relation to STEM education), which identified improving initial teacher education and continuous professional development at the heart of the drive to make STEM studies and professions a more popular option for young learners. This current edition looks more deeply into how countries are developing initiatives in these areas.

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