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Self-efficacy beliefs, stereotype threat, and the learning environment as influences in the decision to leave a STEM major

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dc.contributor.advisor Poole, Dawn
dc.contributor.author Newman, June M.
dc.contributor.other Mayer, Anysia
dc.contributor.other Stanislaw, Harold
dc.date.accessioned 2017-05-18T18:50:50Z
dc.date.available 2017-05-18T18:50:50Z
dc.date.created 2017 May en_US
dc.date.issued 2017-05-18
dc.identifier.other Educational Leadership en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://scholarworks.csustan.edu/handle/011235813/1110
dc.description.abstract The present mixed methods study looked at self-efficacy beliefs, stereotype threat, and the learning environment as influences in a student’s decision to switch from a STEM major to a non-STEM major. The study was conducted in two phases, a quantitative phase followed by a qualitative phase. In the quantitative phase, STEM students (N = 195) at a 4-year university in the Central Valley of California were surveyed using the Self-Efficacy Scale, the Social Attitudes and Identities Scale, and the College Campus Environment Scale. The qualitative phase consisted of semistructured interviews with male (n = 2) and female (n = 2) Hispanic students. Selfefficacy beliefs and the learning environment were not significant influences in decisions to switch from a STEM major. Stereotype threat was a significant influence in students’ decision to change from a STEM major. However, students who switched reported less susceptibility to stereotype threat. Female students were more likely to switch from a STEM major than male students and Hispanic students were more likely to switch from a STEM major than White students. Understanding factors influencing a student’s decision to switch from a STEM major could inform the design of better programs and strategies to increase the number of students attaining STEM degrees. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.title Self-efficacy beliefs, stereotype threat, and the learning environment as influences in the decision to leave a STEM major en_US
dc.type Dissertation en_US

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