The influence of mindsets and perceived self-efficacy on STEM-related study intention of High School students in secondary education

Fleige, M. (2016) The influence of mindsets and perceived self-efficacy on STEM-related study intention of High School students in secondary education.

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Abstract:The decrease of interest in a career in the so called STEM-field still seems to be a continuing problem among high school students. To gain more insights in the choice of a study in the STEM-field, attention is directed to psychological factors that might play a role in the decision-making process in reference to career and study choices. This study aimed to illuminate the influence of mindset and perceived self-efficacy on the intention of Dutch students in preparatory secondary vocational education to follow a study in STEM-field. It was hypothesized that the relation between student’s mindsets and their intention to follow a STEM-related study is mediated by their perceived self-efficacy. The results suggested that positive mindset, which encompasses high perceived self-efficacy and a growth mindset, and positive effort beliefs both are correlated with the intention to follow a STEM-related study. Study choice making is a highly complex process, but a positive mindset and positive effort beliefs are two variables which do have an influence on it. These findings might not only be relevant for further research intending the identification and understanding of the role of psychological variables in career choice, but might also provide a good starting point for practical interventions.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/70008
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