About the book
Along with focusing on STEM education itself, this project also hopes to explore the subject matter of STEM identity and successful participation in STEM fields by underrepresented students. It aims to include research that discusses the lack of resources in a home environment and how the STEM identity impacts one's decisions to persist in STEM careers. Some topics in regards to this would be science identity and its relationship to STEM identity, the growing interest in professional identity and its relationship to motivating and retaining students in STEM fields, current trends and the shortage of qualified individuals to fill STEM positions, self-efficacy and interest in pursuing college majors in STEM, the barriers to pursuing STEM careers, and the psychological factors that guide the decisions of those who do and do not persist in STEM fields. Through these and other topics, this project seeks to delve into a variety of formal and informal settings of STEM education throughout the world.