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ERIC Number: EJ815605
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 22
ISSN: ISSN-1446-5442
Exploring Adolescent Motivations for Pursuing Maths-Related Careers
Watt, Helen M. G.
Australian Journal of Educational & Developmental Psychology, v5 p107-116 2005
Adolescents from grade 9 in Sydney Australia (N = 60) were interviewed regarding why they would or would not consider pursuing maths-related careers. Open-ended interview data explored the comprehensiveness of explanations within the Expectancy-Value framework. The Expectancy-Value model is the major motivational framework for explaining students' maths participation choices in senior high and college enrolments, and the present study extended participation choices to maths-related career plans. Findings provided support for Expectancy-Value factors as sources of adolescents' intentions to pursue (or not pursue) maths-related careers, and suggest extensions to the model. (Contains 2 tables and 3 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 9; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia