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Physical Review Special Topics - Physics Education Research
written by Zahra Hazari, Geoff Potvin, Robert H. Tai, and John Almarode
An individual's motivational orientation serves as a drive to action and can influence their career success. This study examines how goal orientation toward the pursuit of a graduate degree in physics and chemistry influences later success outcomes of practicing physicists and chemists. Two main categories of goal orientation are examined in this paper: performance orientation or motivation to demonstrate one's ability or performance to others, and learning orientation or motivation through the desire to learn about a topic. The data were obtained as part of Project Crossover, a mixed-methods study which focused on studying the transition from graduate student to scientist in the physical sciences and included a survey of members of two national professional physical science organizations. Using regression analysis on data from 2353 physicists and chemists, results indicate that physicists and chemists who reported a learning orientation as their motivation for going to graduate school were more productive, in terms of total career primary and/or first-author publications and grant funding, than those reporting a performance orientation. Furthermore, given equal salary, learning-oriented individuals produced more primary and/or first-author publications than their non-learning oriented counterparts.
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Education - Applied Research
- Careers
Education - Basic Research
- Student Characteristics
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General Physics
- Physics Education Research
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© 2010 American Physical Society
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10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.6.010107
PACSs:
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Motivation, Professionalism, Regression Analysis
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Z. Hazari, G. Potvin, R. Tai, and J. Almarode, Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res. 6 (1), 010107 (2010), WWW Document, (http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.6.010107).
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Z. Hazari, G. Potvin, R. Tai, and J. Almarode, For the love of learning science: Connecting learning orientation and career productivity in physics and chemistry, Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res. 6 (1), 010107 (2010), <http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.6.010107>.
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Hazari, Z., Potvin, G., Tai, R., & Almarode, J. (2010, May 21). For the love of learning science: Connecting learning orientation and career productivity in physics and chemistry. Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res., 6(1), 010107. Retrieved November 26, 2014, from http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.6.010107
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Hazari, Z, G. Potvin, R. Tai, and J. Almarode. "For the love of learning science: Connecting learning orientation and career productivity in physics and chemistry." Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res. 6, no. 1, (May 21, 2010): 010107, http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.6.010107 (accessed 26 November 2014).
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Hazari, Zahra, Geoff Potvin, Robert Tai, and John Almarode. "For the love of learning science: Connecting learning orientation and career productivity in physics and chemistry." Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res. 6.1 (2010): 010107. 26 Nov. 2014 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.6.010107>.
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