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DeThomas, Elizabeth M. – ProQuest LLC, 2017
This mixed methods research study examined the effects of middle and high school mathematics experiences on students' choice of college major, particularly whether students decided to major in a STEM field. Social cognitive career theory was used to examine potential influences of mathematics self-efficacy and how those influences and mathematics…
Descriptors: Mixed Methods Research, Middle School Students, High School Students, Mathematics Education
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Peters, Michelle L. – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2013
For nearly 50 years, leaders in American industry, military, education, and politics have focused considerable attention on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education. Given the increased societal demand for STEM careers, the relationships among classroom climate, self-efficacy, and achievement in undergraduate mathematics…
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Self Efficacy, Mathematics Achievement, Gender Differences
Furuto, Michael – ProQuest LLC, 2013
Shifting demographics show America rapidly diversifying, yet research indicates that an alarming number of diverse students continue to struggle to meet learning outcomes of collegiate mathematics curriculum. Consequently, recruitment and retention of diverse students in STEM majors is a pervasive issue. Using a sociocultural perspective, this…
Descriptors: Case Studies, College Mathematics, Algebra, Mathematics Instruction
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Sublett, Cameron; Plasman, Jay Stratte – Journal of Career and Technical Education, 2017
Over the past decade, CTE has been highlighted as a means of promoting college and career readiness for high school students. Applied STEM coursework is a promising area of high school study that has particular relevance in the technologically progressive world of today. Previous research has illustrated that applied STEM coursework in high school…
Descriptors: Vocational Education, Career Education, College Readiness, Career Readiness
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Liu, Yi-hui; Lou, Shi-jer; Shih, Ru-chu – South African Journal of Education, 2014
This study employed social cognitive theory and social cognitive career theory (SCCT) as foundations to explore the influence of high school students' beliefs about female gender roles and female engineer role models on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) self-efficacy and professional commitment to engineering. A total of 88…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Self Efficacy, Student Projects, Questionnaires
Hong, Rebecca C.; Jun, Alexander – Metropolitan Universities, 2012
Higher education institutions have struggled with the underrepresentation of female students in the STEM majors. The authors investigate the USC-MESA program and the role of women's self-efficacy perceptions in mathematics and science. It is crucial to understand the theory of self-efficacy in examining historically underrepresented populations in…
Descriptors: College Students, Females, Majors (Students), STEM Education
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Charleston, LaVar; Leon, Raul – Journal for Multicultural Education, 2016
Purpose: Self-efficacy and outcome expectations influence the development of career interests, which, in turn, affect career choices. This study aims to understand self-efficacy beliefs and expectancy outcomes for African-American graduate students and faculty with a focus in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) degree programs,…
Descriptors: Self Efficacy, STEM Education, Graduate Study, Career Choice
Rich, Peter Jacob; Jones, Brian; Belikov, Olga; Yoshikawa, Emily; Perkins, McKay – Online Submission, 2017
STEM, the integration of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics is increasingly being promoted in elementary education. However, elementary educators are largely untrained in the 21st century skills of computing (a subset of technology) and engineering. The purpose of this study was to better understand elementary teachers'…
Descriptors: Computer Science Education, Engineering Education, Elementary Education, Elementary School Teachers
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Zhou, Ninger; Pereira, Nielsen L.; Tarun, Thomas George; Alperovich, Jeffrey; Booth, Joran; Chandrasegaran, Senthil; Tew, Jeffrey David; Kulkarni, Devadatta M.; Ramani, Karthik – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2017
The societal demand for inspiring and engaging science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) students and preparing our workforce for the emerging creative economy has necessitated developing students' self-efficacy and understanding of engineering design processes from as early as elementary school levels. Hands-on engineering design…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Experiential Learning, Toys, Workshops
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Denson, Cameron D. – Journal of Technology Education, 2017
This article examines the Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) program and investigates its impact on underrepresented student populations. MESA was started in California during the 1970s to provide pathways to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics careers for underrepresented students and represents an exemplar model…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Science Achievement, Mixed Methods Research, Self Efficacy
Larry, Triaka A. – ProQuest LLC, 2017
The need for more diversity in STEM-related careers and college majors is urgent. Self-efficacy and student-teacher relationships are factors that have been linked to influencing students' pursuit of subject-specific careers and academic achievement. The impact of self-efficacy and student perceptions of teacher interpersonal behaviors on student…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Self Efficacy, Teacher Student Relationship, Student Attitudes
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Carpenter, Dick M., II; Clayton, Grant – Middle Grades Research Journal, 2014
Using confirmatory factor analysis, this study examines the validity of the Usher and Pajares Sources of Self-Efficacy in Mathematics (SSEM) for prospective or eventual first-generation college students while still in middle school, a population not studied with the SSEM heretofore. Studying this population is especially noteworthy as educators…
Descriptors: College Bound Students, Middle School Students, Mathematics Instruction, Self Efficacy
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Connolly, Mark R.; Lee, You-Geon; Savoy, Julia N. – CBE - Life Sciences Education, 2018
To help prepare future faculty in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to teach undergraduates, more research universities are offering teaching development (TD) programs to doctoral students who aspire to academic careers. Using social cognitive career theory, we examine the effects of TD programs on early-career STEM…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Scholarship, College Instruction, College Science
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Ocumpaugh, Jaclyn; San Pedro, Maria Ofelia; Lai, Huei-yi; Baker, Ryan S.; Borgen, Fred – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2016
Research suggests that trajectories toward careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) emerge early and are influenced by multiple factors. This paper presents a longitudinal study, which uses data from 76 high school students to explore how a student's vocational self-efficacy and interest are related to his or her middle…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, High School Students, Mathematics Education, Computer Software
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Amelink, Catherine T.; Artis, Sharnnia; King Liu, Tsu-Jae – Community College Journal of Research and Practice, 2015
Despite the awareness of the importance of self-efficacy, this concept has been studied in a limited sense among community college students (Collins & Bissell, 2004), but it has been shown to be significantly related to career decisions among enrollees (Kelly & Hatcher, 2013). The literature does not address what types of experiences can…
Descriptors: Self Efficacy, Two Year College Students, Community Colleges, Majors (Students)
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