Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Pursuit of STEM: Factors shaping degree completion for African American females in STEM
by Wilkins, Ashlee N., M.S., California State University, Long Beach, 2014, 192; 1528069
Abstract (Summary)

The primary purpose of the study was to examine secondary data from the Cooperative Institutional Research Program (CIRP) Freshman and College Senior Surveys to investigate factors shaping degree aspirations for African American female undergraduates partaking in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) majors. Hierarchical multiple regression was used to analyze the data and identify relationships between independent variables in relation to the dependent variable. The findings of the study reveal four key variables that were predictive of degree completion for African American females in STEM. Father's education, SAT composite, highest degree planned, and self-perception were positive predictors for females; while independent variable overall sense of community among students remained a negative predictor. Lastly implications for education and recommendations for future research were discussed.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Locks, Angela M.
Commitee: Hicks, Addie, Ortiz, Anna, Oseguera, Leticia
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Educational Leadership
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 53/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Mathematics education, African American Studies, Black studies, Science education
Keywords: African American females students, Degree completion, STEM education
Publication Number: 1528069
ISBN: 9781303985935
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