ERIC Number: EJ794682
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jun
Reference Count: 0
The Relationship between Objective and Perceived Fit with Academic Major, Adaptability, and Major-Related Outcomes
Wessel, Jennifer L.; Ryan, Ann Marie; Oswald, Frederick L.
Journal of Vocational Behavior, v72 n3 p363-376 Jun 2008
This study examined the effects of fit with college major on major commitment, GPA, college satisfaction, and changing one's major. We further examined how individual adaptability may moderate the importance of fit on these outcomes. College students (N = 198; 160 women and 38 men; mean age = 19.14 years) completed an interest inventory used to assess objective fit with major, and also indicated their perceived fit with major. Results revealed little correlation between perceived fit and objective fit, with differential relationships to these outcomes. Perceived fit showed stronger positive correlations with affective major commitment and academic self-efficacy than did objective fit. Regarding the moderating role of adaptability, individuals higher in adaptability reported higher institutional satisfaction when there was lower perceived fit. Adaptability also had a main effect on major-related outcomes above and beyond the effects of fit. Practical and theoretical implications of these results are discussed.
Descriptors: Majors (Students), Grade Point Average, Self Efficacy, Academic Achievement, Interest Inventories, Goodness of Fit, Correlation, Congruence (Psychology), College Students
Elsevier. 6277 Sea Harbor Drive, Orlando, FL 32887-4800. Tel: 877-839-7126; Tel: 407-345-4020; Fax: 407-363-1354; e-mail: email@example.com; Web site: http://www.elsevier.com
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A