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ERIC Number: ED557479
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 106
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-3039-5355-2
Developing a Choice of Major Model for the Smeal College of Business
Colangelo, Augustus B.
ProQuest LLC, D.Ed. Dissertation, The Pennsylvania State University
The purpose of this dissertation was to develop a dynamic model and survey instruments to study the presence, strength, and susceptibility to change of the factors that influence the "choice of major" decision in an undergraduate population of business school students, and to determine if the factors are the same for male and female students. Preliminary focus group studies revealed several thematic areas which supported the conceptual model under review, and which informed the development of an initial survey questionnaire. Following bench tests and refinement, the survey was administered to 953 undergraduate students in the Smeal College of Business at Penn State. Results show that the conceptual model is appropriate for future studies, that the survey questionnaires provide strong factors to be used in those future studies, and that the factors are the same for male and female students. In addition, the focus group studies pointed out the anxiety and stress for students in the midst of this "choice of major" process, and recommendations for amelioration of this stress are provided. [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: Pennsylvania