Factors that influence persistence in science and engineering career aspirations

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Mau, Wei-Cheng J.
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2003-03
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Vocational guidance , Persistence , College students , Sex differences
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Mau, W.-C. (2003). Factors that influence persistence in science and engineering career aspirations. Career Development Quarterly, 51(3), 234-243. doi:10.1002/j.2161-0045.2003.tb00604.x
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The author investigated students' persistence regarding career aspirations in science and engineering (SE) professional careers as a function of race and sex. In a nationally representative sample of 8th graders, persistent racial minority and female students were compared with nonpersistent racial minority and male students regarding their self?concept, parental involvement, socioeconomic status, and academic achievement. Men were more likely than women to persist in SE career aspirations. Persistent students scored higher than did nonpersistent students on all of the variables studied. Academic proficiency and math self-efficacy were 2 of the strongest predictors of persistence in SE careers.

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American Counseling Association
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Career Development Quarterly
v.51 no.3
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0889-4019
2161-0045 (online)
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