ERIC Number: EJ1082705
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
The Role of Work Experience and Self-Efficacy in STEM Student Retention
Raelin, Joseph A.; Bailey, Margaret B.; Hamann, Jerry; Pendleton, Leslie K.; Reisberg, Rachelle; Whitman, David L.
Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, v26 n4 p29-50 2015
The authors report the results of a three-year longitudinal study of retention among undergraduate engineering students enrolled at four major universities. The study demonstrates that self-efficacy can be a critical factor in student persistence and can be broken down into three components: work, career, and academic self-efficacy. The authors explain the relationship between two of these forms of efficacy and retention and also explore the contributing roles of gender, academic support, and work experience along with its accompanying instruction. Of note, both the quantity and quality of co-op placements in addition to efficacy and support were found to sustain collegiate persistence.
Descriptors: STEM Education, Work Experience, Self Efficacy, Academic Persistence, Longitudinal Studies, Engineering Education, Undergraduate Students, Gender Differences, Academic Support Services, Predictor Variables, Cooperative Education, Statistical Analysis, Role Perception, Achievement Need, Multiple Regression Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts; New York; Virginia; Wyoming
Grant or Contract Numbers: 0827490