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Deciding on a college major : Commitment trajectories, career exploration, and academic well-being


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Dietrich, Julia ; Lichtwarck-Aschoff, Anna ; Kracke, Bärbel:
Deciding on a college major : Commitment trajectories, career exploration, and academic well-being.
In: Diskurs Kindheits- und Jugendforschung = Discourse : Journal of Childhood and Adolescence Research. 8 (2013) 3. - S. 305-318.
ISSN 2193-9713 ; 1862-5002



In this weekly diary study we followed thirty-three adolescents through the transition from school to college and focused on the micro-level processes of commitment and exploration while adolescents decided on their college major. Between their final exams at school and their enrolment in college they completed standardized diaries once a week. Nine months later at the end of their first semester in college, adolescents reported on their academic well-being (satisfaction with college major, perceived fit regarding interests and expectations, and drop-out intentions). We assigned the participants to one of three theoretically derived commitment trajectories: decided (adolescents who had committed themselves to one option early in the process and implemented their choice), narrowing (adolescents who narrowed down to one favorite option), and searching (adolescents with low and changing commitments), and found meaningful differences in exploration processes and subsequent academic well-being. Searching adolescents explored particularly little in-depth information about their future studies and showed worse academic well-being than decided and narrowing adolescents.

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Schlagwörter:Commitment, Career exploration, Transition to college, Diary study, Academic well-being
Sprache des Eintrags:Englisch
Institutionen der Universität:Philosophisch-Pädagogische Fakultät > Pädagogik > Professur für Empirische Bildungsforschung
Open Access: Freie Zugänglichkeit des Volltexts?:Ja
Titel an der KU entstanden:Nein
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