Follow-up study on college learning performance and career development of science class graduates

Ching Ching Chang, Hsiao Ping Yu*

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Abstract

This study followed up on the experiences of science class graduates in their college learning and career development and investigated to the extent to which their experiences differed from those who enrolled in math- and science-gifted programs or regular classes focusing on science during high school. A survey research was conducted with all science class graduates from 2012 to 2015 (N = 750) as well as their peers from math- and science-gifted programs and regular classes focusing on science. The response rates for science classes, math- and science-gifted programs, and regular classes focusing on science were 60.5% (N = 454), 31.7% (N = 346), and 56.8% (N = 727), respectively. The questionnaire contained items regarding academic performance, academic and nonacademic activity participation, in-class performance, and career development. The main results were as follows: (1) Compared to their peers, science class graduates exhibited higher academic performance and more academic activity participation, with most of them planning to pursue a doctoral degree. (2) Compared with their regular class peers, both science class graduates and mathand science-gifted program graduates demonstrated higher in-class performance and better career development. (3) No between-group differences were observed in participation in nonacademic activities-indicating that science class graduates could successfully balance their academic and leisure time. (4) All the three groups hoped to pursue a career in engineering or medicine. (5) Science class graduates who received science awards during high school exhibited higher academic performance and career aspirations. The current results have several implications for future research and career counseling for science class students.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)173-202
Number of pages30
JournalJournal of Research in Education Sciences
Volume66
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Keywords

  • Career development
  • College learning performance
  • Follow-up study
  • Science class graduates

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education

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