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ERIC Number: EJ874422
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0002-4805
Influence of Role Models and Mentors on Female Graduate Students' Choice of Science as a Career
Fried, Toni; MacCleave, Anne
Alberta Journal of Educational Research, v55 n4 p482-496 Win 2009
The purpose of this study was to examine the source, nature, and degree of influence of role models and mentors on female graduate students' choice of science as a career. Also examined was the existence of gender or area-of-study (engineering, biological science, physical sciences) differences. Results of a factor analysis of the Influence of Others on Academic and Career Decisions Scale (IOACDS, Nauta & Kokaly, 2001) demonstrated that role models and mentors influenced students in distinct ways. Significant gender, area-of-study, and undergraduate country differences were found.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A