ERIC Number: EJ861007
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 38
Frequent Major Changing: Extrinsic and Intrinsic Factors
Firmin, Michael W.; MacKillop, Lisa M.
NACADA Journal, v28 n2 p5-13 Fall 2008
Twenty undergraduates participated in individual, semi-structured interviews concerning their decisions to change majors. We found three common extrinsic and three intrinsic factors related to their decisions. Extrinsic factors included parents who were supportive but not meaningfully directive, lack of familial external guidance, and lack of knowledge concerning chosen majors and future careers. Intrinsic factors included students' difficulty making long-term decisions, desires for a major that meshed well with their personal interests, and satisfaction with majors that met those requirements.
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Majors (Students), Educational Change, Predictor Variables, Decision Making Skills, Self Concept, Student Attitudes, Student Educational Objectives, Interests, Parent Role, Interviews
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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