Social-cognitive career theory predictors of STEM career interests and goal persistence in minority college students with disabilities: A path analysis

Alo Dutta, Hyun Ju Kang, Cahit Kaya, Susan Flowers Benton, Seneca Edward Sharp, Fong Chan, Elizabeth Da Silva Cardoso, Madan Kundu

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To test the Social-Cognitive Career Theory (SCCT) as a STEM career interests and goal persistence model for minority college students with disabilities. METHODS: A quantitative descriptive research design using path analysis. Participants included 115 minority college students with disabilities from the Minority Disability Alliance in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (MIND Alliance) project. RESULTS: The results indicated that the SCCT causal model fits the data very well, with χ2/df = 1.15; CFI = 0.99; and RMSEA= 0.04. SCCT constructs accounted for 16% of the variance in STEM career interest and 48% of the variance in STEM goal persistence. CONCLUSION: The SCCT model provides useful guidance for designing postsecondary education interventions for minority students with disabilities in STEM education to help crystalize their career interest and increase goal persistence.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)159-167
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Vocational Rehabilitation
Volume43
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Sep 3

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Rehabilitation
  • Occupational Therapy

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