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Title: "I choose so I am". A logistic analysis of major selection in university and successful completion of the first year
Authors: Pinxten, Maarten ×
De Fraine, Bieke
Van Damme, Jan
Van Den Noortgate, Wim
Boonen, Tinneke
Vanlaar, Gudrun #
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: Carfax Pub.
Series Title: Studies in Higher Education vol:40 issue:10 pages:1919-1946
Abstract: This study examines the choice of a university major with a special focus on the type of major chosen in the first year and success/failure at the end of this first year, using a sample of 2,284 students in Flanders (Belgium). Extending previous research, the effects of prior subject uptake, occupational interests, prior math and Dutch achievement, gender, SES, academic self-concept and future aspirations on major selection were tested using multinomial regression. In summary, our results showed that prior subject uptake in Grade 12 was the main predictor of the type of university major chosen. Furthermore, a persuasive association between students’ interest pattern and major chosen was observed and different interest patterns between male and female students primarily explained gendered choices. A binary logistic regression model revealed that higher achievement, more math subjects chosen in Grade 12 and a higher SES are important buffers against failure in the first year of university.
ISSN: 0307-5079
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Educational Effectiveness and Evaluation
Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, Campus Kulak Kortrijk – miscellaneous
Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences - miscellaneous
Department of Health and Technology - UC Leuven
× corresponding author
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