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ERIC Number: EJ1096058
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1557-5284
A Social Cognitive Approach to Understanding Engineering Career Interest and Expectations among Underrepresented Students in School-Based Clubs
Dika, Sandra L.; Alvarez, Jaquelina; Santos, Jeannette; Suárez, Oscar Marcelo
Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, v17 n1 p31-36 Jan-Mar 2016
Interest in engineering at early stages of the educational career is one important precursor to choosing to study engineering in college, and engineering-related clubs are designed to foster such interest and diversify the engineering pipeline. In this study, the researchers employed a social cognitive career theory framework to examine level of interest in studying engineering and expected educational attainment among underrepresented low-income middle and high school students participating in materials science and engineering (MSE) clubs. Questionnaire data were collected from over 200 MSE club participants in low-income public middle and high schools in Puerto Rico. The results indicate that perceived value of engineering is useful in predicting career interest among underrepresented middle and high school students; however, traditional predictors of educational interests and attainment (gender, mother's education, parent expectations) exert the strongest influence on engineering interest and attainment expectations.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools; High Schools
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Puerto Rico
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