Talking about Leaving Revisited

Persistence, Relocation, and Loss in Undergraduate STEM Education

  • Elaine Seymour
  • Anne-Barrie Hunter

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
  2. Elaine Seymour, Anne-Barrie Hunter, Timothy J. Weston
    Pages 1-53
  3. Timothy J. Weston
    Pages 55-85
  4. Heather Thiry, Timothy J. Weston
    Pages 115-135
  5. Raquel P. Harper, Timothy J. Weston, Elaine Seymour
    Pages 149-195
  6. Timothy J. Weston, Elaine Seymour, Andrew K. Koch, Brent M. Drake
    Pages 197-243
  7. Raquel P. Harper, Timothy J. Weston, Elaine Seymour
    Pages 245-276
  8. Dana G. Holland
    Pages 277-327
  9. Dana G. Holland, Raquel P. Harper, Anne-Barrie Hunter, Timothy J. Weston, Elaine Seymour
    Pages 329-369
  10. Dana G. Holland, Raquel P. Harper, Elaine Seymour
    Pages 371-398
  11. Heather Thiry
    Pages 399-436
  12. Elaine Seymour
    Pages 437-473
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 475-528

About this book


​Talking about Leaving Revisited discusses findings from a five-year study that explores the extent, nature, and contributory causes of field-switching both from and among “STEM” majors, and what enables persistence to graduation. The book reflects on what has and has not changed since publication of Talking about Leaving: Why Undergraduates Leave the Sciences (Elaine Seymour & Nancy M. Hewitt, Westview Press, 1997).  With the editors’ guidance, the authors of each chapter collaborate to address key questions, drawing on findings from each related study source: national and institutional data, interviews with faculty and students, structured observations and student assessments of teaching methods in STEM gateway courses. Pitched to a wide audience, engaging in style, and richly illustrated in the interviewees’ own words, this book affords the most comprehensive explanatory account to date of persistence, relocation and loss in undergraduate sciences.
  • Comprehensively addresses the causes of loss from undergraduate STEM majors—an issue of ongoing national concern.
  • Presents critical research relevant for nationwide STEM education reform efforts.
  • Explores the reasons why talented undergraduates abandon STEM majors.
  • Dispels popular causal myths about why students choose to leave STEM majors.


STEM Education Switching from STEM Switching to STEM Persistence in STEM Change in Higher Education Interest and Choice High School to College: Preparation and Transition Learning Experiences Gateway Courses STEM Majors Teaching Practices Relocation Career Choices

Editors and affiliations

  • Elaine Seymour
    • 1
  • Anne-Barrie Hunter
    • 2
  1. 1.Ethnography & Evaluation Research (E&ER)University of Colorado BoulderBoulderUSA
  2. 2.Ethnography & Evaluation Research (E&ER), University of Colorado Boulder, Boulder, CO, USA, Center for STEM LearningUniversity of Colorado BoulderBoulderUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-25303-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-25304-2
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