ERIC Number: EJ1048398
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 54
University Programme Preferences of High School Science Students in Singapore and Reasons That Matter in Their Preferences: A Rasch Analysis
Oon, Pey-Tee; Subramaniam, R.
International Journal of Science Education, v37 n2 p367-388 2015
This study explored an under-researched area in science education--the university programmes preferred by high school students who take physical science subjects and the reasons that matter in their preferences. A total of 1,071 upper secondary and pre-university students in Singapore, who take physical science subjects among their range of subjects, participated in this study. A survey method was adopted and the Rasch model was used to analyse the data. Overall, Business Studies was ranked as the predominant choice; nonetheless, scientific programmes such as Science, Engineering, and Mathematics are generally still well liked by the students. When gender differences were examined, we found that students largely followed gender-typical programme preferences, in which males tend to incline towards Engineering while females tend to incline towards Arts and Social Sciences. Students prefer a university programme based on their individual interest and ability, with career aspiration and remuneration coming next. Interestingly, females place greater emphasis on career aspiration than males. Some implications of the study are discussed.
Descriptors: High School Students, Science Education, Engineering Education, Occupational Aspiration, Student Attitudes, Majors (Students), Gender Differences, Preferences, Mathematics Education, Foreign Countries, Business Administration Education, Higher Education, Surveys
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Singapore