ERIC Number: EJ775311
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Oct
Reference Count: 0
A Longitudinal Examination of the Social-Cognitive Model Applied to High School Girls' Choices of Nontraditional College Majors and Aspirations
Nauta, Margaret M.; Epperson, Douglas L.
Journal of Counseling Psychology, v50 n4 p448-457 Oct 2003
This study tested a partial version of R. W. Lent, S. D. Brown, and G. Hackett's (1994) social-cognitive career theory model. Among 204 high school girls who attended science, math, and engineering (SME) career conferences, the authors used a 4-year longitudinal design to predict the choice of an SME college major and SME self-efficacy and outcome expectations in college. In addition, among students who had declared SME majors, variables assessed in high school and college were used to predict aspirations to become leaders in SME fields. The results generally provided empirical validation of the model. Regression analyses revealed that college SME outcome expectations were associated with plans to become a leader in an SME field. Implications for research and interventions are discussed.
Descriptors: Majors (Students), Females, Self Efficacy, High School Students, Academic Aspiration, Models, Science Careers, Engineering, Mathematics, Career Choice, Longitudinal Studies, College Students, Regression (Statistics), Validity, Intervention
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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