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High School Math and Science Preparation and Postsecondary STEM Participation for Students With an Autism Spectrum Disorder

High School Math and Science Preparation and Postsecondary STEM Participation for Students With... Previous studies suggest that individuals with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are more likely than other disability groups and the general population to gravitate toward science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. However, the field knows little about which factors influence the STEM pipeline between high school and postsecondary STEM major. This study analyzed data from the National Longitudinal Transition Study–2, a nationally representative sample of students with an ASD in special education in the United States. Findings suggest that students with an ASD who took more classes in advanced math in a general education setting were more likely to declare a STEM major after controlling for background characteristics and previous achievement level. Educational policy implications are discussed. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities SAGE

High School Math and Science Preparation and Postsecondary STEM Participation for Students With an Autism Spectrum Disorder

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Publisher
SAGE
Copyright
© Hammill Institute on Disabilities 2015
ISSN
1088-3576
eISSN
1538-4829
DOI
10.1177/1088357615588489
Publisher site
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Abstract

Previous studies suggest that individuals with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are more likely than other disability groups and the general population to gravitate toward science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. However, the field knows little about which factors influence the STEM pipeline between high school and postsecondary STEM major. This study analyzed data from the National Longitudinal Transition Study–2, a nationally representative sample of students with an ASD in special education in the United States. Findings suggest that students with an ASD who took more classes in advanced math in a general education setting were more likely to declare a STEM major after controlling for background characteristics and previous achievement level. Educational policy implications are discussed.

Journal

Focus on Autism and Other Developmental DisabilitiesSAGE

Published: Jun 1, 2017

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