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A Data Collection on Secondary School Students’ STEM Performance and Reading Practices in an Emerging Country
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Abstract: Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education has become a critical factor in promoting sustainable development. Meanwhile, book reading is still an essential method for cognitive development and knowledge acquisition. In developing countries where STEM teaching and learning resources are limited, book reading is an important educational tool to promote STEM. Nevertheless, public data sets about STEM education and book reading behaviors in emerging countries are scarce. This article, therefore, aims to present a data set of 4,966 secondary school students from a school-based data collection in Vietnam. The data set comprises of five major categories: 1) students” personal information (including STEM performance), 2) family-related information, 3) book reading preferences, 4) book reading frequency/habits, and 5) classroom activities. By introducing the designing principles, the data collection method, and the variables in the data set, we aim to provide researchers, policymakers, and educators with well-validated resources and guidelines to conduct low-cost research, pedagogical programs in emerging countries.
Keywords: STEM education; Socio-economic status; Book reading; Emerging country; Students
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Vuong, Q-H., et al.: A data collection on secondary school students’ STEM performance and reading practices in an emerging country. Data Intelligence 3(2), 308-328 (2021). doi: 10.1162/dint_a_00091
Quan-Hoang Vuong
Q.-H. Vuong ( designed the questionnaire, administeredthe data collection, and validated the data set.
Quan-Hoang Vuong (Ph.D., Université Libre de Bruxelles) is the director ofCentre for Interdisciplinary Social Research, Phenikaa University in Hanoi,Vietnam. He is chairman of the Vietnam Chapter of the European Associationof Science Editors and serves in the NAFOSTED Scientific Council on BasicResearch in the Social Sciences and Humanities (2019–2021). Dr. Vuong haspublished more than 160 academic articles and book chapters in about 60refereed journals and books by such publishers as Elsevier, Inderscience,Nature Publishing Group, Springer, Wiley, and World Scientific.
Viet-Phuong La
V.-P. La ( validatedand supervised the data input process. T.-T. Vuong ( and H.-M. Vuong( contributed to the data input and validation process.
Viet-Phuong La is a researcher at the Centre for Interdisciplinary SocialResearch, Phenikaa University, Hanoi, Vietnam, and a software engineer forA.I. for Social Data Lab, Vuong & Associates, Hanoi, Vietnam.
Manh-Toan Ho
M.-T. Ho ( contributed to data input, validation process, and manuscript writing.
Manh-Toan Ho holds an MA at the National Economics University in Hanoi,Vietnam. He is working as a researcher in the Centre for InterdisciplinarySocial Research, Phenikaa University, Hanoi, Vietnam, and he is also a sciencecommunicator for EASE Vietnam SciComm/SSHPA (, inaddition to other media outlets in Vietnam.
Thanh-Hang Pham
T.-H. Pham( contributed to manuscript writing.
Thanh-Hang Pham holds a Master of Business Administration from Schoolof Business, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia, and is currently takingthe PhD program in RMIT Vietnam University, Hanoi, Vietnam.
Thu-Trang Vuong
V.-P. La ( validatedand supervised the data input process. T.-T. Vuong ( and H.-M. Vuong( contributed to the data input and validation process.
Thu-Trang Vuong is a graduate student at École doctorale of Sciences PoParis. She has worked on a varied range of topics, including entrepreneurshipin emerging countries, public health, education, political analyses of cultureand religion, with the aim of providing insights for policy-making.
Ha-My Vuong
V.-P. La ( validatedand supervised the data input process. T.-T. Vuong ( and H.-M. Vuong( contributed to the data input and validation process.
Ha-My Vuong is a research assistant for A.I. for Social Data Lab, Vuong &Associates, Hanoi, Vietnam.
Minh-Hoang Nguyen
M.-H. Nguyen ( contributed to manuscript writing and software implementation.
Minh-Hoang Nguyen holds an MSc in Sustainability Science fromRitsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Beppu, Japan, where he now continueswith his PhD track. He works as a researcher in the Centre for InterdisciplinarySocial Research, Phenikaa University, Hanoi, Vietnam. His research interestis about psychological issues. He believes understanding human perceptionsis a fundamental approach for achieving sustainability in multiple disciplines.
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