Interests & Recruitment in Science:

Factors influencing recruitment,
retention and gender equity in science,
technology and mathematics higher education

Project dissemination

Throughout the project there has been a commitment to communicating about its development. Dissemination strategies include journal publications and Conference presentations and IRIS book.


Book to be published in early 2014:
Henriksen, E. K., Dillon, J., & Ryder, J. (Eds.). Understanding student participation and choice in science and technology education. Dordrecht: Springer.


Ulriksen, L., Holmegaard, H.T. and Madsen, L.M. (2013). Weaving a Bridge of Sense: students' narrative constructions as a lens for understanding students' coping with the gap between expectancies and experiences when entering higher education. European Educational Research Journal, 12(3), pp. 310-319.

Jensen, F., & Sjaastad, J. (2013). A Norwegian out-of-school mathematics project’s influence on secondary students’ stem motivation. International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 1-25, doi: 10.1007/s10763-013-9401-4.

Cerinsek, G., Hribar, T., Glodez, N., & Dolinsek, S. (2012). Which are my Future Career Priorities and What Influenced my Choice of Studying Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics? Some Insights on Educational Choice—Case of Slovenia. International Journal of Science Education, 1-27, doi:10.1080/09500693.2012.681813.

Holmegaard, H. T., Ulriksen, L. M., & Madsen, L. M. (2012). The Process of Choosing What to Study: A Longitudinal Study of Upper Secondary Students' Identity Work When Choosing Higher Education. Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research, 1-20, doi:10.1080/00313831.2012.696212.

Sinnes, A., & Løken, M. (2012). Gendered education in a gendered world: looking beyond cosmetic solutions to the gender gap in science. Cultural Studies of Science Education, 1-22, doi:10.1007/s11422-012-9433-z.

Holmegaard, H. T., Madsen, L. M., & Ulriksen, L. (2012). To Choose or Not to Choose Science: Constructions of desirable identities among young people considering a STEM higher education programme. International Journal of Science Education, 1-30, doi:10.1080/09500693.2012.749362.

Ulriksen, L., Madsen, L.M., and Holmegaard, H.T. (2010). What do we know about explanations for drop out/opt out among young people from STM higher education programmes? Studies in Science Education 46 (2), 209-244

Bøe, M. V., Henriksen, E. K., Lyons, T., & Schreiner, C. (2011). Participation in Science and Technology: Young people’s achievement-related choices in late modern societies. Studies in Science Education, 47(1), 37-72.


IRIS members have also contributed at a number of international research conferences (notably ESERA 2013 and 2011, NARST 2013, IOSTE 2010, and others) and have contributed in a range of contexts in their respective countries (please contact each national IRIS team for details).


The IRIS questionnaire has been used in a number of countries in addition to the five IRIS consortium countries. The Australian partner has issued a report of Australian findings:

Lyons, T., Quinn, F., Rizk, N., Anderson, N., Hubber, P., Kenny, J., et al. (2012). Starting out in STEM. A study of young men and women in first year science, technology, engineering and mathematics courses. University of New England: SiMERR National Research Centre.

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Book resulting from the IRIS collaboration:

Henriksen, E. K., Dillon, J., & Ryder, J. (Eds.). Understanding student participation and choice in science and technology education. Dordrecht: Springer.

IRIS monografija