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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Minority college student attitudes toward the geological sciences: Unearthing barriers to enrollment
by Kurtis, Kimberly A., M.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2009, 73; 1472303
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this research was to examine whether possible factors influence an ethnic minority student's choice of college major and intention to pursue a career in geological sciences. A qualitative approach was used to observe three variables: subjective norms, perceived behavioral control, and attitudes toward geological sciences. A total of 31 geology and non-geology students from California State University, Long Beach participated in 4 focus groups. Participants in each focus group were asked a set of structured open-ended questions. Attitudes toward geological sciences for ethnic minority students were typically negative, as were subjective norms and perceived behavioral control. For geology students, these 3 variables were much more positive. The responses to these research questions indicate that all 3 variables have an impact on an ethnic minority student's choice of major and desire to pursue a career in the geological sciences.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Whitney, David
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 48/02M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Ethnic studies, Science education, Higher education
Publication Number: 1472303
ISBN: 978-1-109-47243-1
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