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ERIC Number: ED547381
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 141
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: 978-1-2674-4454-7
Sociocultural and Motivational Factors Affecting Asian American Females Studying Physics and Engineering in High School
Sha, Saliha L.
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, University of Southern California
This quantitative study investigated whether and to what extent the motivational and sociocultural factors affect female Asian American high school physics students' achievement, their intended major in college, and their planned career goals at work fields. A survey of 62 questions, extracted from subscales of AAMAS,STPQ and PSE, were conducted with 274 high school physics students in an effort to better inform current academic practitioners how to better serve this population. Correlational matrix, t-tests and chi-square tests were used for data analysis. A main effect of gender was found on expectancy-related beliefs, choice of intended college major and planned career choice. A significant effect for Asian American students of different immigration status was also found on their physics self-efficacy, acculturation and enculturation. Parental educational levels also have a main effect on Asian American physics students' expectancy for success, acculturation and achievement. However, there was no ethnicity effect found between Asian American and non-Asian American students. It is in the hope that these findings can provide a deeper insight in understanding the motivational and sociocultural factors that affect female Asian American high schoolers in order to enhance their higher interests and participation rate in physics as well as to increase the headcount to study and work in physics and engineering fields. [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; High Schools; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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