ERIC Number: EJ1227601
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Abstractor: As Provided
The Role of Motivational Factors in Predicting STEM Career Aspirations
Ahmed, Wondimu; Mudrey, Renee R.
International Journal of School & Educational Psychology, v7 n3 p201-214 2019
This study examined how motivational factors (i.e., self-concept in science, enjoyment of science, and instrumental value of science) predict science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) career aspirations using a nationally representative sample of 5,611 fifteen-year-old students (49.4% female) in the United States. The findings demonstrated that the motivational factors, particularly enjoyment and instrumental value, are important predictors of STEM career aspirations even after controlling for socioeconomic status (SES), STEM career awareness, and science achievement. The findings also demonstrated that, although the motivational factors operate slightly differently across gender, they seem to function similarly across racial and ethnic groups. The findings have important implications for how to promote STEM career aspirations.
Descriptors: STEM Education, Occupational Aspiration, Student Motivation, Self Concept, Adolescents, Females, Career Awareness, Science Achievement, Socioeconomic Status, Race, Achievement Tests, Foreign Countries, International Assessment, Secondary School Students, Ethnicity, Science Interests
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Program for International Student Assessment