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ERIC Number: ED515760
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 140
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1096-6917-6
Relation of Contextual Supports and Barriers to the Choice Goals of Engineering Majors: A Multigroup Analysis
Cardenas, Christine Benitez
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, New Mexico State University
The study examined whether sociocontextual and sociocognitive variables explained the choice goals of 339 Racial Ethnic Minority and White engineering undergraduate students using a modified version of Lent et al.'s (1994) social cognitive career theory. Results from structural equation modeling indicated that the hypothesized model did not explain a significant amount of variance in choice goals for Racial Ethnic Minority and White engineering undergraduate students. Findings suggested that racial ethnic group did moderate relations among the variables in the hypothesized model. Results also suggested that most of the social cognitive career theory propositions tested were supported. Specifically, enculturation was found to predict self-efficacy. Social supports and barriers also directly predicted self-efficacy. In addition, self-efficacy significantly predicted outcome expectations. Contrary to hypotheses, socioeconomic status and acculturation did not predict self-efficacy and outcome expectations. Furthermore, outcome expectations did not predict interests. Suggestions for future research and implications of the results are discussed. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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