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01-05-2023

The STEM Aspirations of China’s Future Workforce

Authors: Lei Bao, Li Xie, Shihong Ma, Cheng Chen, Xiangqun Zhang, Min He, Hui Lu, Xiumei Feng, Ende Zhang, Ying Nie, Yingjie Han, Jacqueline Y. Bao

Published in: Journal of Science Education and Technology | Issue 4/2023

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Abstract

Development in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) is widely emphasized worldwide. In the past decades, China has become the largest rising economy with a strong forward momentum in STEM advancement and education, which has profoundly impacted the global economy. This study investigates the current trends in STEM career aspirations among Chinese adolescents, who will soon become the future workforce. The results indicate a significant increase of students’ STEM aspirations in comparison to the 2015 PISA outcomes. Further investigation suggests that the rapid change can be attributed to the recent transitions in world politics which have shifted from collaboration to exclusive competition. Insights gained from this study call for a change of mindset to recognize that in the STEM economy, collaboration is the most powerful form of competition.

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Metadata
Title
The STEM Aspirations of China’s Future Workforce
Authors
Lei Bao
Li Xie
Shihong Ma
Cheng Chen
Xiangqun Zhang
Min He
Hui Lu
Xiumei Feng
Ende Zhang
Ying Nie
Yingjie Han
Jacqueline Y. Bao
Publication date
01-05-2023
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Published in
Journal of Science Education and Technology / Issue 4/2023
Print ISSN: 1059-0145
Electronic ISSN: 1573-1839
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10956-023-10044-1

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