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An Exploratory Study on Initial Stem Classes and African American Freshman males who are STEM Majors at a Large Mid-Atlantic State University: Factors Affecting Self-Efficacy Beliefs and Persistence in the STEM Pipeline

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dc.contributor.advisor Galluzzo, Gary R.
dc.contributor.author Calhoun, William Jason en_US
dc.creator Calhoun, William Jason en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2013-08-09T15:36:31Z
dc.date.available 2013-08-09T15:36:31Z
dc.date.issued 2013 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1920/8189
dc.description.abstract The purpose of this study was to test how well social cognitive career theory (SCCT) explains the effects of an introductory freshman year science course on the career perspectives of African American males at a large, public mid-Atlantic state university. Embracing SCCT as the foundation of this project, the dissertation intended to gather data from these young men to develop insight into how and in what ways their self-efficacy throughout the semester was influenced by their first science course, and changing their outlook on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) careers while in school and after graduation. To a small number of freshman African American male students who have declared themselves STEM majors, I utilized a qualitative study investigating this phenomenon. The major findings detailed themes that affected these young men including concerns about mathmatics preparation, isolation, balance, microagression, and help-seeking. Results indicate that there was an impact on the confidence, achievement, and goal setting for these young men due to these factors and that social cognitive career theory was an appropriate framework from which to test these questions. en_US
dc.format.extent 174 pages en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights Copyright 2013 William Jason Calhoun en_US
dc.subject Education en_US
dc.subject Science education en_US
dc.subject African American Freshman Males en_US
dc.subject Persistence en_US
dc.subject Self-Efficacy Beliefs en_US
dc.subject Social Cognitive Career Theory (SCCT) en_US
dc.subject STEM en_US
dc.title An Exploratory Study on Initial Stem Classes and African American Freshman males who are STEM Majors at a Large Mid-Atlantic State University: Factors Affecting Self-Efficacy Beliefs and Persistence in the STEM Pipeline en_US
dc.type Dissertation en
thesis.degree.level Doctoral en
thesis.degree.discipline Education en
thesis.degree.grantor George Mason University en


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