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ERIC Number: EJ913662
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1554-7558
Perceived Factors that Influence Career Decision Self-Efficacy and Engineering Related Goal Intentions of African American High School Students
Austin, Chandra Yvette
Career and Technical Education Research, v35 n3 p119-135 2010
This study examined the relationship between specific factors believed to influence career decision self-efficacy and math/science related goal intentions (proxy for engineering related goal intentions) among African American high school students. Minority students generally tend to be underrepresented in such careers, as indicated by the National Academy of Engineering, in The Engineer of 2020: Visions of Engineering in the New Century. Data from a survey of 396 African American students' grades 9-12, from a low to middle income level, in a southeastern school were analyzed using stepwise multiple regression. Results show that among these African American students, math/science self-efficacy was the strongest factor in relation to career decision self-efficacy. In relation to math/science related goal intentions, math/science interest was the strongest shown factor. Results also show that gender was not significant in either dependent variable. Implications and recommendations relating to the variables are presented.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 10; Grade 11; Grade 12; Grade 9; High Schools
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Language: English
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