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ERIC Number: ED546740
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 174
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: 978-1-2675-0473-9
Precursors of Professionalism in Senior-Level Undergraduate Business Students and the Implications of These Precursors for Business Education and the Profession
Nino, Lana Sami
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, University of California, Riverside
Understanding the professional identity of senior-level undergraduate business students may shed light on the rampant unethical acts of business managers in industry. Business education is the largest segment of undergraduate majors, constituting more than 20% of students in four-year institutions, year after year. To explain the professional identity of business students, this study uses prior theoretical frameworks to model the precursors of professionalism--"autonomy of judgment," "desire for expertise," "self-concept," and "social agency." The study draws on data from the College Senior Survey (CSS) collected by the Higher Education Research Institute (HERI) at UCLA for two academic years 2006-2008. Exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis indicate that the four factors-autonomy of judgment, desire for expertise, self-concept, and social agency-indeed fit a cohesive model for the latent construct "precursors of professionalism." The results suggest that there are statistically significant differences between business and non-business majors for three of the four factors tested in the study: "desire for expertise," "self-concept," and "social agency." This indicates that business students differ from their peers in college in most of the dimensions of the precursors of professionalism. [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; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: California