College of Education and Human Services
Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership (EdD)
Leadership, School Counseling & Sport Management
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University of North Florida. Department of Leadership, School Counseling & Sports Management
Dr. Dan Dinsmore
Dr. Matthew Ohlson
Dr. Amanda Pascale
Dr. Brian Zoellner
Dr. David Hoppey
Dr. Diane Yendol-Hoppey
Federal and state agencies in the United States have pressured institutions in higher education to increase the number of graduates in STEM disciplines and supply an educated workforce for the increasing shortages in the STEM economy. Undergraduate research experience is one potential mechanism for supporting retention and student success within STEM disciplines. Most evaluations of the impact of undergraduate research to this point have been qualitative research studies. The purpose of this study was to use a quantitative model to examine domain knowledge, domain interest, and career aspirations in undergraduate biology majors and how participation in research experiences may impact each of these aspects. Path analysis was performed with data collected from an online survey that was administered to six upper level biology courses during one semester. Domain interest and career aspirations was the only significant relation in the path model. Research experiences may indirectly impact career aspirations by increasing domain interest, but additional work is needed to examine this relationship. Stakeholders in undergraduate research at institutions may consider the implications of this study as they develop policies to reduce barriers for student participation in research.
Keagy, Amy Haddock, "The Impact of Undergraduate Research Experiences on the Development of Biology Students’ Domain Knowledge, Domain Interest, and Career Aspirations" (2019). UNF Graduate Theses and Dissertations. 886.
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