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Feeling at home in the STEM sector: A diary study on how conversational acceptance and achievement affects STEM newcomers’ self-efficacy beliefs

Weijenberg, Chantal (2021) Feeling at home in the STEM sector: A diary study on how conversational acceptance and achievement affects STEM newcomers’ self-efficacy beliefs.

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Abstract:The Dutch science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) sector deals with a growing shortage of STEM professionals. The first period in a new job at a new organisation is crucial for the retention of STEM professionals, as a large number of newcomers decide to stay or leave within six months. Therefore, the current study examined the daily effects of conversational acceptance and achievement on the daily level of self-efficacy among STEM newcomers. In addition, the moderating effects of self-prototypicality were investigated. This involved establishing a daily diary study to collect data in the natural work setting and at the daily level to explain what effects occurred at day- and person-level. Findings showed that on days when newcomers experience more conversational acceptance or conversational achievement, they experience more self-efficacy. At the person-level, newcomers who generally experience more acceptance after interactions were found to generally feel more confident about their required abilities. Regarding conversational achievement, effects were also found at the person-level such that, the more conversational achievement newcomers experience, the more self-efficacious they felt. However, no support was found for self-prototypicality as a moderator for the effect on the relationship between conversational acceptance/ conversational achievement and self-efficacy.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:70 social sciences in general
Programme:Educational Science and Technology MSc (60023)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/86371
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