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Drivers of Secondary School Students' Intention to Enroll in Science Studies

Nordin, Mohamad Sahari and Tunku Ahmad, Tunku Badariah and Ibrahim, Mohd Burhan and Abu Libdeh, Enas Saied (2019) Drivers of Secondary School Students' Intention to Enroll in Science Studies. Universal Journal of Educational Research, 7 (10A). pp. 42-47. ISSN 2332-3205 E-ISSN 2332-3213

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Abstract

This paper reports on a survey conducted in selected secondary schools in Malaysia to explore students' intention to enroll in science studies and establish whether intention would be influenced by attitude towards science, science-efficacy, subjective norm, and perceived difficulty of science subjects. Another aim of the survey was to determine if gender, ethnicity, and school location moderated the associations between intention and its predictors. The data were collected randomly from 398 15-year-old students from 38 secondary schools in Malaysia using a 15-item questionnaire. To address the research objectives, the data were analyzed with confirmatory factor analysis and structural equation modeling. The results supported the hypotheses that the four predictors were adequate to explain intention to pursue science studies, particularly attitude and science-efficacy which were the most influential predictors. Additionally, gender, ethnicity, and school location did not moderate the predictor-intention relationships. The results suggest that the planning, implementation and evaluation of efforts to enhance science participation among students should consider how to develop more science-efficacy and positive attitudes towards the subjects.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Education
Depositing User: Dr Mohd Burhan Ibrahim
Date Deposited: 18 Oct 2019 18:07
Last Modified: 19 Nov 2019 10:43
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/75465

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