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Fitting into Academia: Perceived Similarity Mediates Gender Differences in Interest in Post-Graduate Academic Career

Jansson, Anna LU (2013) PSYP01 20131
Department of Psychology
Abstract
This study examined perceived similarity to researchers as a mediator of gender differences in interest in post-graduate academic career. Previous research has shown that male participants are more interested in post-graduate school than female participants. Research has also shown that perceived similarity to students in different academic fields was the best mediator of interest in graduating within that field. The current study examined perceived similarity to researchers on several similarity characteristics including a more specific personality aspect consisting of self-image and researcher-image in relation to interest in post-graduate academic career. Further self-efficacy was also examined as a possible mediator of gender... (More)
This study examined perceived similarity to researchers as a mediator of gender differences in interest in post-graduate academic career. Previous research has shown that male participants are more interested in post-graduate school than female participants. Research has also shown that perceived similarity to students in different academic fields was the best mediator of interest in graduating within that field. The current study examined perceived similarity to researchers on several similarity characteristics including a more specific personality aspect consisting of self-image and researcher-image in relation to interest in post-graduate academic career. Further self-efficacy was also examined as a possible mediator of gender differences in interest in post-graduate academic career. As expected, male participants showed more interest in a post-graduate academic career than female participants and perceived similarity to researchers mediated women’s lower interest in post-graduate academic career. Self-efficacy was not supported as a mediator in the current study. The results are discussed in relation to previous research. (Less)
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author
Jansson, Anna LU
supervisor
organization
course
PSYP01 20131
year
type
H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
subject
keywords
Perceived similarity, gender, academia, fit
language
English
id
4022254
date added to LUP
2013-09-12 09:13:24
date last changed
2013-09-12 09:13:24
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  abstract     = {This study examined perceived similarity to researchers as a mediator of gender differences in interest in post-graduate academic career. Previous research has shown that male participants are more interested in post-graduate school than female participants. Research has also shown that perceived similarity to students in different academic fields was the best mediator of interest in graduating within that field. The current study examined perceived similarity to researchers on several similarity characteristics including a more specific personality aspect consisting of self-image and researcher-image in relation to interest in post-graduate academic career. Further self-efficacy was also examined as a possible mediator of gender differences in interest in post-graduate academic career. As expected, male participants showed more interest in a post-graduate academic career than female participants and perceived similarity to researchers mediated women’s lower interest in post-graduate academic career. Self-efficacy was not supported as a mediator in the current study. The results are discussed in relation to previous research.},
  author       = {Jansson, Anna},
  keyword      = {Perceived similarity,gender,academia,fit},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Fitting into Academia: Perceived Similarity Mediates Gender Differences in Interest in Post-Graduate Academic Career},
  year         = {2013},
}