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dc.contributor.authorCatron, Gail Satterfielden_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-14T20:19:28Z
dc.date.available2014-03-14T20:19:28Z
dc.date.issued1997-12-03en_US
dc.identifier.otheretd-11597-92843en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/29831
dc.description.abstractGrounded theory methods of Strauss and Corbin (1990) and multidimensional scaling techniques (Kruskal & Wish, 1991) were used in this investigation to study the factors that influence a woman's choice to remain in or to leave a male-dominated major (Zuckerman, 1981). Focus group interviews were conducted with 62 sophomore women who had originally chosen male-dominated majors as freshmen to gain insight into the meanings and motivations of the student decisions. The participants responded to a 25-item survey which yielded a-three dimension solution with five clusters in the multidimensional scaling analysis. Five themes emerged from the focus groups as factors influencing a woman's choice to remain in or to leave a male-dominated major: (a) self confidence and refuse to lose attitude; (b) interest in the field; (c) career goals, jobs, and money; (d) ability and experience in the field; and (e) the desire to make a difference. The three dimensions were (a) time of experience, (b) motivation, and (c) career rewards. The five clusters were: (a) pre-college experiences, (b) college experiences, (c) career rewards, (d) self-confidence, and (e) self-fulfillment. The findings are consistent with current literature; however, the use of the multidimensional procedure goes further and helps to explain some of the motivations of the students and challenges some of the beliefs that persons in the practice of student affairs profess about woman and chilly climate. The study extends knowledge about how women deal with their chilly environment.en_US
dc.publisherVirginia Techen_US
dc.relation.haspartdissertation.pdfen_US
dc.rightsIn Copyrighten
dc.rights.urihttp://rightsstatements.org/vocab/InC/1.0/en
dc.subjectwomen in engineeringen_US
dc.subjectmale-dominated majoren_US
dc.subjectchilly climateen_US
dc.titleFactors that Influence a Woman's Choice to Remain in or to Leave a Male-dominated Majoren_US
dc.typeDissertationen_US
dc.contributor.departmentStudent Personnel Servicesen_US
dc.description.degreePh. D.en_US
thesis.degree.namePh. D.en_US
thesis.degree.leveldoctoralen_US
thesis.degree.grantorVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineStudent Personnel Servicesen_US
dc.contributor.committeechairCreamer, Donald G.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberMcLaughlin, Gerald W.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberFortune, Jimmie C.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberCreamer, Elizabeth G.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberBird, Gloria W.en_US
dc.identifier.sourceurlhttp://scholar.lib.vt.edu/theses/available/etd-11597-92843/en_US
dc.date.sdate1997-12-03en_US
dc.date.rdate1997-12-10
dc.date.adate1997-12-10en_US


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