ERIC Number: EJ975486
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Social Cognitive Factors, Support, and Engagement: Early Adolescents' Math Interests as Precursors to Choice of Career
Rowan-Kenyon, Heather T.; Swan, Amy K.; Creager, Marie F.
Career Development Quarterly, v60 n1 p2-15 Mar 2012
The authors examined the central hypothesis that students' early perceptions of support and sense of engagement in math classes and math activities strongly influence the broadening or narrowing of their math interest. The focus was on the first wave of qualitative data collected from 5th-, 7th-, and 9th-grade students during the 2007-2008 academic year as part of a longitudinal study. Findings indicate the importance of using group work and extrinsic motivation in middle school math classes to broaden interest; peer classroom behavior was often a detractor of math interest.
Descriptors: Student Behavior, Incentives, Academic Achievement, Social Cognition, Career Choice, Mathematics, Grade 5, Grade 7, Grade 9, Student Interests, Longitudinal Studies, Mathematics Instruction, Middle School Students, Peer Influence
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 5; Grade 7; Grade 9; Middle Schools
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