Classroom task: discovering your students' aspirations

In this task, we want you to consider the STEM aspirations of your students and the skills that they value to be successful at work.

We’ve devised a short survey to aid you with this task. First, complete the survey based on your understanding of your students. Then, ask your students to provide their responses. You may be surprised by the similarities and differences you find.

Task 1. Predict

With a class or small group in mind, go through the survey questions linked in the document below and predict the answers you will get from the group.

Share in the comments below your prediction about how your students value the subject you teach for their future careers.

Task 2. Survey

With your predictions in place, ask your students to complete the survey. You may find that Part B of the survey is more relevant for older learners.

You can use the Word doc linked above should you wish to use printed forms, or an online Google Form version of this. To use the Google Form, you must make a copy of the template linked below. You can then share the link to your own copy of the form to your students (do not share the link to our copy as you won’t be able to get the data!).

If you are using paper forms, you can use this Excel spreadsheet to collate your data if you wish. Google Forms will put all responses in a Google Sheet.

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Linking Curriculum Learning to STEM Careers

National STEM Learning Centre