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Exploring the motivation for science learning of 3rd year high school students who chose different college majors from their track
Ha, Minsu; Shin, Sein; Lee, Jun-Ki;
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 Abstract
This study aims to investigate the motivation for science learning of 3rd year high school students who choose different majors from their track. A total of 2,012 high school 3rd year students participated in this study. We used Science Motivation Questionnaire II (Glynn et al., 2011) to measure the students` science motivation and performed Rasch analysis, MANOVA and logistic regression analysis. First, results showed that 11.5% of students in the science track switched their pathway to a non-STEM major and 14.3% of students in the humanities track switched to a STEM major. In addition, there were gender differences in switching majors. Second, we found a significant difference in science motivation between two groups of students switching their major only in career motivation. Third, science motivation was the significant predictor of STEM major choice; in particular, career motivation was the most influential variable. Based on these results, we proposed that prediction of and paying close attention to students` career motivation are required before making decisions on which track to take.
 Keywords
switching track Science learning motivation;High school academic track;STEM major;STEM pathways;
 Language
Korean
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