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Work, Life, Family Integration on STEM Education and Career Pathways

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Research on work and families and the life course may miss how individuals cycle between schooling and work, particularly in order to keep up with the changing demands of the workforce. We invite research that moves beyond a traditional school to career pipeline model into a pathway model that acknowledges how people fulfill multiple roles while pursuing their personal, professional, and family goals. We hope to focus on research that applies this pathway model to understanding science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and career pathways. 


We seek to publish research that recognizes STEM education can take place at various types of institutions at various stages of the life course. Much of the research on STEM education focuses on elite high school students in high-level science and mathematics courses and their progression into STEM bachelor’s degrees and careers in engineering or science research. This research often struggles to account for the work and family lives of post-traditional students who are typically ages 25 and older, care for their children and/or parents, and work full-time while enrolled. This research is also generally limited to high school and four-year universities, omitting students in community colleges, trade schools, or other types of schooling, without including career pathways during and after schooling. 


We hope this specific, yet inclusive description will yield a broad array of submissions from scholars around the globe. Examples of topics include the following:

·      STEM K-12 college preparation and career readiness

·      STEM high school and college students working jobs while enrolled, particularly jobs in STEM or STEM-related fields

·      Impact of partnership, marriage, childbearing, and childrearing on educational attainment and careers

·      COVID-19 related disruptions of educational and career pathways

·      International students pursuing their studies in one country while managing family responsibilities in their home country

·      Global comparative perspectives on work, life, family integration with STEM pathways


Keywords: STEM education, work-life balance, work-family interface, career trajectories, school-to-work pipeline, social mobility


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

Research on work and families and the life course may miss how individuals cycle between schooling and work, particularly in order to keep up with the changing demands of the workforce. We invite research that moves beyond a traditional school to career pipeline model into a pathway model that acknowledges how people fulfill multiple roles while pursuing their personal, professional, and family goals. We hope to focus on research that applies this pathway model to understanding science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and career pathways. 


We seek to publish research that recognizes STEM education can take place at various types of institutions at various stages of the life course. Much of the research on STEM education focuses on elite high school students in high-level science and mathematics courses and their progression into STEM bachelor’s degrees and careers in engineering or science research. This research often struggles to account for the work and family lives of post-traditional students who are typically ages 25 and older, care for their children and/or parents, and work full-time while enrolled. This research is also generally limited to high school and four-year universities, omitting students in community colleges, trade schools, or other types of schooling, without including career pathways during and after schooling. 


We hope this specific, yet inclusive description will yield a broad array of submissions from scholars around the globe. Examples of topics include the following:

·      STEM K-12 college preparation and career readiness

·      STEM high school and college students working jobs while enrolled, particularly jobs in STEM or STEM-related fields

·      Impact of partnership, marriage, childbearing, and childrearing on educational attainment and careers

·      COVID-19 related disruptions of educational and career pathways

·      International students pursuing their studies in one country while managing family responsibilities in their home country

·      Global comparative perspectives on work, life, family integration with STEM pathways


Keywords: STEM education, work-life balance, work-family interface, career trajectories, school-to-work pipeline, social mobility


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

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27 July 2021 Manuscript

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27 July 2021 Manuscript

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