Faculty Publications

Title

Mexican American high school students' postsecondary educational goals: Applying Social Cognitive Career Theory

Document Type

Article

Keywords

Educational goals, High school students, Mexican American, Postsecondary plans, Social cognitive career theory

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Journal of Career Assessment

Volume

16

Issue

4

First Page

489

Last Page

501

Abstract

A multivariate multiple regression analysis predicting the educational goal aspirations and expectations of 89 Mexican American high school students was examined based on Lent, Brown, and Hackett's (1994) Social Cognitive Career Theory and prior research findings with Mexican American samples. No gender or generational status differences were found in educational aspirations or expectations; however, participants reported higher educational aspirations than educational expectations. In addition, results of a multivariate multiple regression analysis suggested that Anglo-oriented acculturation was significantly positively related to educational goal expectations and educational goal aspirations. Mexican-oriented acculturation, college self- efficacy, and college outcome expectations were not significantly related to Mexican American students' educational goals aspirations or expectations. Results are discussed as they relate to improving the educational achievement among Mexican American youth. © 2008 Sage Publications.

Original Publication Date

11-1-2008

DOI of published version

10.1177/1069072708318905

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