Journal of Science Education and Technology

, Volume 19, Issue 2, pp 133–145

Men’s and Women’s Intentions to Persist in Undergraduate Engineering Degree Programs


DOI: 10.1007/s10956-009-9187-x

Cite this article as:
Concannon, J.P. & Barrow, L.H. J Sci Educ Technol (2010) 19: 133. doi:10.1007/s10956-009-9187-x


This is a quantitative study of 493 undergraduate engineering majors’ intentions to persist in their engineering program. Using a multiple analysis of variance analysis, men and women had one common predictor for their intentions to persist, engineering career outcome expectations. However, the best sociocognitive predictor for men’s persistence was not the same for women. Men’s persistence in undergraduate engineering was predicted by their abilities to complete the required coursework. Women’s persistence in undergraduate engineering depended upon their beliefs in getting good grades (A or a B). In brief, women’s intentions to persist in undergraduate engineering were dependent upon higher academic standards compared to men.


Engineering Self-efficacy Gender Women 

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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Westminster CollegeFultonUSA
  2. 2.University of MissouriColumbiaUSA

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