ERIC Number: EJ875840
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
Men's and Women's Intentions to Persist in Undergraduate Engineering Degree Programs
Concannon, James P.; Barrow, Lloyd H.
Journal of Science Education and Technology, v19 n2 p133-145 Apr 2010
This is a quantitative study of 493 undergraduate engineering majors' intentions to persist in their engineering program. Using a multiple analysis of variance analysis, men and women had one common predictor for their intentions to persist, engineering career outcome expectations. However, the best sociocognitive predictor for men's persistence was not the same for women. Men's persistence in undergraduate engineering was predicted by their abilities to complete the required coursework. Women's persistence in undergraduate engineering depended upon their beliefs in getting good grades (A or a B). In brief, women's intentions to persist in undergraduate engineering were dependent upon higher academic standards compared to men.
Descriptors: Undergraduate Study, Females, Persistence, Academic Standards, Engineering, Statistical Analysis, Males, Undergraduate Students, Predictor Variables, Gender Differences, Intention, Beliefs, Grades (Scholastic)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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