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Abstract Title: Maybe we aren’t that different after all: Faculty perceptions of grade 7-12 teaching as a career
Abstract: Nearly half of STEM majors in the United States express interest in becoming a grade 7-12 teacher, yet as a nation we face a shortage of qualified math and science teachers. Studies have found that misperceptions about grade 7-12 math and science teaching are impacting student career choices. As part of a nation-wide project, this work addresses faculty perceptions of grade 7-12 teaching because faculty play an important role in student career decisions. Additionally, understanding how faculty perceptions of grade 7-12 teaching differ may inform targeted efforts to change perceptions in the future.  In this study, nearly 500 college STEM faculty members' perceptions of grade 7-12 teaching were measured using a newly developed survey. Faculty perceptions were then compared based on department affiliation, position type, and gender. No significantly practical differences were found based on these demographics. Implications for STEM teacher recruitment are discussed.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation
Session Time: Poster Session I
Poster Number: 1.D4
Contributed Paper Record: Contributed Paper Information
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Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Jared B. Breakall
Colordao School of Mines
Golden, CO 80401
Phone: 3039566882
and Co-Presenter(s)
Savannah L. Logan: Colorado School of Mines
Richard L. Pearson III: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Brian A. Pyper: Brigham Young University Idaho
Wendy K. Adams: Colorado School of Mines