Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Factors motivating Cambodian American students to go to college and to study STEM fields
by Sann, Visna, M.S., California State University, Long Beach, 2014, 73; 1569896
Abstract (Summary)

Cambodian Americans graduate from college at a lower rate than most Asian American groups. This qualitative study involved interviewing five current Cambodian American college students. This study examined how participants' high school experiences contributed to their decisions to go to college and to study STEM fields, how parental influences guided participants to college, and how college experiences influenced their decisions to stay and succeed in STEM fields. Findings from this study suggest: having supportive teachers in high school may have been important in motivating participants to go to college and to study STEM Fields, Cambodian parents tell stories of their lives in Cambodia to motivate their children to go to college, and Cambodian club on campus was a socially and academically supportive place.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Colburn, Alan
Commitee: Henriques, Laura, Straits, William
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Science Education
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 54/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Asian American Studies, Science education
Keywords: Cambodian americans, Cambodian club, College students, STEM
Publication Number: 1569896
ISBN: 978-1-321-36987-8
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