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ERIC Number: EJ906475
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: N/A
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 42
ISSN: ISSN-0271-9517
Patterns of Persistence in Intended College Major with a Focus on STEM Majors
Shaw, Emily J.; Barbuti, Sandra
NACADA Journal, v30 n2 p19-34 Fall 2010
In this study, we examined patterns of persisting in and switching from an intended college major (chosen in high school) in the third year of college. We focused on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) major persistence because of the national effort to increase those entering STEM careers. Results showed differences in persistence by academic field as well as by gender, parental income, and first-generation college student status with the largest variation by ethnicity. Further examination of STEM major persistence showed that high school performance in math and science, taking advanced placement exams in STEM, articulating positive science self-efficacy beliefs, and professing a goal of obtaining a doctorate were also related to persistence in varied ways across STEM majors. (Contains 3 footnotes, 9 tables, and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
IES Cited: ED565641; ED544470