Trajectories of change in students’ self-concepts of ability and values in math and college major choice

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Musu-Gillette, Lauren E., Wigfield, Allan, Harring, Jeffrey R. and Eccles, Jacquelynne. (2015) Trajectories of change in students’ self-concepts of ability and values in math and college major choice. Educational Research and Evaluation: an international journal on theory and practice. 21(4), pp. 343 - 370. https://doi.org/10.1080/13803611.2015.1057161
AuthorsMusu-Gillette, Lauren E., Wigfield, Allan, Harring, Jeffrey R. and Eccles, Jacquelynne
Abstract

This study extends previous research on the long-term connections between motivation constructs in expectancy-value theory and achievement outcomes. Using growth mixture modelling, we examined trajectories of change for 421 students from 4th grade through college in their self-concept of ability (SCA) in math, interest in math, and perceived importance of math. We also assessed how these trajectories relate to choice of college major, focusing on math-intensive and non-intensive majors. Gender, parental income, and initial achievement were included as covariates in the analyses. A 3-class solution best represented underlying trajectories of change for each of the 3 constructs. A latent class relatively high in math self-concept, interest, and importance emerged for each construct respectively, and individuals in these high classes were most likely to choose a math-intensive college major. Interpretations and implications of the trajectories of change and their influence on college major classification are discussed.

Keywordsself-concept of ability; task value; college major
Year2015
JournalEducational Research and Evaluation: an international journal on theory and practice
Journal citation21 (4), pp. 343 - 370
PublisherRoutledge
ISSN1380-3611
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/13803611.2015.1057161
Scopus EID2-s2.0-84942990869
Page range343 - 370
Research GroupInstitute for Positive Psychology and Education
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Place of publicationUnited Kingdom
EditorsG. van der Werf
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