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written by Florin D. Lung, Geoff Potvin, Gerhard Sonnert, and Philip M. Sadler
Using factor analysis we investigated the desired career outcomes of a large sample of college students. From fifteen original items, we extracted eight factors covering over 50% of the total variance. Some of these factors were associated with gender and/or intended career field. The "communal values" factor is positively associated with the female gender and a life sciences career interest, and negatively associated with an engineering career interest. Furthermore, the "innovator" factor is associated with the male gender and an interest in physical sciences and engineering careers. Another factor strongly associated with male gender is "career as means to social recognition." These results are in line with existing research pointing to different goals for males and females when choosing careers: Females are more oriented toward communal behavior and a connection with real life, whereas males are more attracted by social recognition and power.
Physics Education Research Conference 2013
Part of the PER Conference series
Portland, OR: July 17-18, 2013
Pages 233-236
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Education - Applied Research
- Careers
Education - Basic Research
- Research Design & Methodology
= Statistics
- Societal Issues
= Cultural Issues
= Gender Issues
- Student Characteristics
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- Reference Material
= Research study
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DOI:
10.1119/perc.2013.pr.046
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0624444
PACSs:
01.30.Cc
01.40.Fk
89.65.Cd
89.65.Ef
Keywords:
PERC 2013, career choice, career outcome expectations, factor analysis
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F. Lung, G. Potvin, G. Sonnert, and P. Sadler, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2013, Portland, OR, 2013, WWW Document, (http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13173&DocID=3720).
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F. Lung, G. Potvin, G. Sonnert, and P. Sadler, Desired Career Outcomes Among College Students: Differences by Gender and Intended Career Field, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2013, Portland, OR, 2013, <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13173&DocID=3720>.
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Lung, F., Potvin, G., Sonnert, G., & Sadler, P. (2013, July 17-18). Desired Career Outcomes Among College Students: Differences by Gender and Intended Career Field. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2013, Portland, OR. Retrieved December 19, 2014, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13173&DocID=3720
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Lung, F, G. Potvin, G. Sonnert, and P. Sadler. "Desired Career Outcomes Among College Students: Differences by Gender and Intended Career Field." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2013, Portland, OR, July 17-18, 2013. http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13173&DocID=3720 (accessed 19 December 2014).
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Lung, Florin, Geoff Potvin, Gerhard Sonnert, and Philip Sadler. "Desired Career Outcomes Among College Students: Differences by Gender and Intended Career Field." Physics Education Research Conference 2013. Portland, OR: 2013. 233-236 of PER Conference. 19 Dec. 2014 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13173&DocID=3720>.
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