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Dimensions of Undergraduate Research

Title: Dimensions of Undergraduate Research: Research Engagement, Researcher Role-Identity Salience, Awareness, Interest, and Career Attitudes Among Diverse Undergraduate Majors.
Name(s): Nzekwe, Brandon Joshua Okechukwu, author
Losh, Susan Carol, professor directing dissertation
Schwartz, Robert A., university representative
Phillips, Beth M., committee member
Becker, Betsy Jane, 1956-, committee member
Hughes, Roxanne M. (Roxanne Marie), committee member
Florida State University, degree granting institution
College of Education, degree granting college
Department of Educational Psychology and Learning Systems , degree granting department
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Doctoral Thesis
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2017
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource (167 pages)
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: This study investigated dimensions of undergraduate research among diverse academic majors at a large Southeastern public research university. Undergraduates' engagement in research, awareness of research opportunities, interests in participating in research activities, researcher role-identity salience, and research career attitudes were collectively examined. Special attention was paid to effects associated with gender, race/ethnicity, academic class level, first-generation college status, and academic major. The study proposed a researcher role-identity salience measurement model resulting from confirmatory factor analysis of a 4-factor solution that fit well to the data. Findings suggest that the proposed researcher role-identity salience model of this study is a useful instrument for measuring the extent to which undergraduates identify with a role of a researcher. Dimensions of undergraduate research varied significantly by gender, race/ethnicity, and college major. Specifically, research engagement, researcher role-identity salience, research career attitudes, research participation interest, and awareness of research opportunities tended to be most positive among male students, Asian/Pacific Islander students, and physical and life sciences majors. These dimensions of undergraduate research tended to be least positive among female students, Black/African-American and White/non-Hispanic students. Engagement in research intensive activities was found to positively relate to other dimensions of undergraduate research, particularly researcher role-identity salience and awareness of research opportunities; being a science major was found to positively relate to research participation interest. The results from this study may help explain undergraduates' attitudes toward and identification with prospective occupational role-identities, and assist in identifying undergraduate populations that may benefit from increased promotion and availability of research intensive experiences. Deeper understanding of these relationships will inform how undergraduate research experiences affect the next generation of research professionals through occupational identity development and career attitudes.
Identifier: FSU_2017SP_Nzekwe_fsu_0071E_13501 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Dissertation submitted to the Department of Educational Psychology and Learning Systems in partial fulfillment of the Doctor of Philosophy.
Degree Awarded: Spring Semester 2017.
Date of Defense: February 8, 2017.
Keywords: career attitudes, occupational identity development, role-identity salience, situated identities, undergraduate research
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Susan C. Losh, Professor Directing Dissertation; Robert A. Schwartz, University Representative; Beth M. Phillips, Committee Member; Betsy J. Becker, Committee Member; Roxanne M. Hughes, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Educational psychology
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Owner Institution: FSU

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Nzekwe, B. J. O. (2017). Dimensions of Undergraduate Research: Research Engagement, Researcher Role-Identity Salience, Awareness, Interest, and Career Attitudes Among Diverse Undergraduate Majors. Retrieved from