Stem roles: How students’ ontological perspectives facilitate stem identities

Dina Verdín, Allison Godwin, Monique Ross

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Educational researchers have explored the importance of performance, recognition, and interest in establishing and maintaining a STEM identity. Research has also demonstrated that the ways students describe themselves and how they participate in STEM communities can provide insight into their role identity salience; however, there has been little work to explore the ontological beliefs of students about STEM people and how this influences their ability to see themselves as possessing a STEM identity. This research explores the ontological beliefs of high school students, with specific attention to the ways in which they describe what constitutes a math person, science person, physics person, or engineer and how these descriptions influence their ability to take on these role identities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number4
Pages (from-to)31-48
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Identity
  • Ontology
  • STEM pathways

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Engineering(all)


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