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2011

Psychology

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Iowa State University

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Distinguishing Beginning Premed Students From Their Science Peers: The Salience Of Proximal Variables, Lisa M. Larson, Verena S. Bonitz, James D. Werbel, Tsui-Feng Wu, Leann R. Mills Jan 2011

Distinguishing Beginning Premed Students From Their Science Peers: The Salience Of Proximal Variables, Lisa M. Larson, Verena S. Bonitz, James D. Werbel, Tsui-Feng Wu, Leann R. Mills

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The purpose of the study was to better understand how students at the beginning of a premed curriculum are different from their science peers on career-related variables. A total of 165 undergraduates were classified into three groups; these were premed students, students with the intent to pursue a graduate degree, and students with the intent to pursue a bachelor’s degree. Both distal (e.g., prior achievement) and proximal (e.g., mathematics and science self-efficacy and interest) social cognitive constructs were measured. Based on social cognitive career theory (SCCT), the authors predicted that the three groups would not differ on ...