ERIC Number: EJ1172384
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Abstractor: As Provided
Using the Domain Identification Model to Study Major and Career Decision-Making Processes
Tendhar, Chosang; Singh, Kusum; Jones, Brett D.
European Journal of Engineering Education, v43 n2 p235-246 2018
The purpose of this study was to examine the extent to which (1) a domain identification model could be used to predict students' engineering major and career intentions and (2) the MUSIC Model of Motivation components could be used to predict domain identification. The data for this study were collected from first-year engineering students. We used a structural equation model to test the hypothesised relationship between variables in the partial domain identification model. The findings suggested that engineering identification significantly predicted engineering major intentions and career intentions and had the highest effect on those two variables compared to other motivational constructs. Furthermore, results suggested that success, interest, and caring are plausible contributors to students' engineering identification. Overall, there is strong evidence that the domain identification model can be used as a lens to study career decision-making processes in engineering, and potentially, in other fields as well.
Descriptors: Career Choice, Decision Making, Correlation, Engineering Education, Majors (Students), Caring, Models, Prediction, Student Attitudes, Identification, Student Motivation, Structural Equation Models, Introductory Courses, Research Universities, College Students, Measures (Individuals), Statistical Analysis, Student Surveys, Factor Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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