Degree Type

Thesis

Date of Award

2008

Degree Name

Master of Science

Department

Psychology

First Advisor

Lisa M. Larson

Second Advisor

David L. Vogel

Third Advisor

Daniel W. Russell

Abstract

While in the United States, more and more women are now entering the previously male-dominated science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) professions, not much vocational research on women in STEM careers has been conducted in India, where the traditionally patrifocal culture typically affords limited career choices and educational opportunities to women. This study used structural equation modeling (SEM) to assess potential gender differences in subject-specific self-efficacy, interests and academic performance of 316 high school students from a large city in India. The influence of other contextual factors such as tracking and parental education was also examined. Results indicated definite gender differences in academic performance, self-efficacy and interests in various academic subjects. The female students in this sample show higher confidence and better performance (in all examined academic subjects) than their male counterparts. Significant differences between academic tracks in self-efficacy, interests and academic performance were also observed. The results of this study also emphasize the effects of tracking of the students into specific educational paths on their academic achievement. Implications for counseling with Asian Indian high school students and future research directions are discussed.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.31274/rtd-180813-16533

Publisher

Digital Repository @ Iowa State University, http://lib.dr.iastate.edu/

Copyright Owner

Asha Stephen

Language

en

Proquest ID

AAI1453117

OCLC Number

235504075

ISBN

9780549541875

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

130 pages

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