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Presentation Proposal - NACADA Annual Conference
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Conference Year: 2021
Session #: 163(SP)
Title: Passion, Parenting, or Something Else? A Cross-Cultural Study of Students' Academic Decision-Making
Lead Presenter: Emily Schell
Date: October 08, 2021    Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Room: 252, DECC
Abstract: Research on U.S. students' academic decision-making focuses predominantly on passion's role in students' choices of major or graduate study. Recently, scholarship has acknowledged other factors, such as parental influence, particularly for students from collectivistic cultures. Previous studies, however, fail to account for many others. Through 31 interviews with European-American, Chinese-American, and Chinese international students, this study seeks to flesh out these factors. Although passion influenced European-American students' decision-making and parenting influenced their Chinese international peers, financial security, desire to impact communities, peer influence, and self-efficacy also played prominent roles. These findings suggest that advising, which emphasizes academic passion, does not match the motivations of U.S. universities' increasingly diverse students. By legitimating these other factors, advisors may better support diverse students in their decision-making.
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