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Graduating with a Science Major: The Roles of First-Year Science Interests and Educational Aspirations
Journal of Career Assessment
  • Lisa M. Larson, Iowa State University
  • Kathryn M. Pesch, Iowa State University
  • Verena S. Bonitz, Lake Forest College
  • Tsui-Feng Wu, Iowa State University
  • James D. Werbel, Iowa State University
Document Type
Article
Publication Version
Submitted Manuscript
Publication Date
1-1-2014
DOI
10.1177/1069072713498680
Abstract

The purpose of this longitudinal study was to determine whether the degree of science interests and educational aspirations in students’ first year of university would significantly differentiate those students who graduated with a science major from those students who did not graduate with a science major. Moreover, the authors expected that educational aspirations would moderate the relation between science interests and graduating with/without a science major. First-year college students in introductory science courses were surveyed in their first semester and then again upon graduation. These 166 students’ science interests and educational aspirations were assessed at Time 1; their educational major was assessed upon graduation. The findings supported both hypotheses. Science interests and educational aspirations significantly differentiated whether or not students graduated with science majors. Moreover, the interaction of science interests and educational aspirations also significantly differentiated whether or not students graduated with a science major. In short, students who graduated with science majors, compared to their counterparts who graduated with nonscience majors, had significantly higher interests only when they also had higher educational aspirations.

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This is a manuscript of an article from Journal of Career Assessment 22 (2014): 479, doi: 10.1177/1069072713498680. Posted with permission.

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Language
en
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Citation Information
Lisa M. Larson, Kathryn M. Pesch, Verena S. Bonitz, Tsui-Feng Wu, et al.. "Graduating with a Science Major: The Roles of First-Year Science Interests and Educational Aspirations" Journal of Career Assessment Vol. 22 Iss. 3 (2014) p. 479 - 488
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/lisa_larson/11/