Relationship Between STEM Attitude and Empowerment: A Descriptive Study in Costa Rican Girls


This study aimed to examine the correlation between empowerment perception and STEM attitudes in young girls from a Costa Rican high school. 327 young people aged 11 to 18 years from “Colegio de Señoritas”. The sample included only girls, from different ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds, living in different parts of the urban area in San José. In-depth, the study was carried out an S-STEM attitude survey (α = 0.91) and Empowerment Scale (modified, α = 0.89). As a result, the correlation between STEM attitude and empowerment did not confirm a significant relation. However, girls showed a poor attitude in math and the selection of STEM majors, but they have a better attitude in XXI skills and science. At the same time, young girls present a good perception of their empowerment in almost all areas. However, they are not perceived as generating an impact in the class and they also do not consider receiving enough external support, especially in their academic environment.

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Joselyn Rodríguez-González, Universidad Latina de Costa Rica, Costa Rica

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Conference: ECE2020
Stream: Primary & Secondary Education

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