Why do students pursue tertiary computing degrees?: a social cognitive perspective

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Author: Alhazmi, Maher Atyatallah I.


The sharp decline in the number of students pursuing computing disciplines and the high need for graduates with computing skills is a concern both for universities and for companies seeking graduates in computing disciplines. This research develops a theoretical model, based on social cognitive career theory, to study factors that may influence secondary school students' decisions to pursue computing majors at the tertiary level. The factors include personality traits, gender, four measures of learning experiences, self-efficacy, outcome expectations, and interest in computing majors. A...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Students; Skills and knowledge; Career development; Gender; Higher education; Tertiary education

Keywords: Decision making; Student interests; Graduates; Career choice

Geographic subjects: New Zealand; Oceania

Published: Dunedin, New Zealand: University of Otago, 2012

Physical description: 187 p.

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Master of Science Thesis

Resource type: Thesis

Call number: TD/TNC 111.165

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