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Edf 6407 stats group presentation

  1. 1. EDF 6407 Group Project Motivation to Pursue Graduate Studies Stephanie Branson Jessica Burns Aly Carr Amanda Cutchens Joy Wang
  2. 2. Purpose To investigate the motivation behind decisions to pursue advanced degrees at the University of South Florida.
  3. 3. Participants Students enrolled in EDF 6407 Statistical Analysis for Educational Research I, attending class on Tuesday evenings at the Tampa campus during the Fall 2013 semester.
  4. 4. Research Method The researchers wished to examine to following four variables: 1) on average how much time it takes students to pursue graduate studies after obtaining their bachelor degrees, which will be referred to as ‘interval’ in this study, 2) the relationship between interval and gender, 3) the relationship between interval and age, and 4) what motivates students to make the decision to pursue a graduate program.
  5. 5. Research Questions 1) On average, how much time does it take people to pursue a graduate program after their bachelor’s degrees (the interval)? 2) Is there a relationship between the interval and gender? 3) Is there a relationship between the interval and age? 4) What motivates students to pursue a graduate program?
  6. 6. Data Computation The data of the first three questions were coded as numeric values. For question one, male students were coded as 0, female students were coded as 1. Answers for question four were categorized; each category was assigned a number, starting from 1. If students chose ‘other’ and specifically wrote down other options, the options were added as new categories.
  7. 7. Research Findings The Mean of the Interval It takes individuals 7.63 years to start their current graduate programs after getting bachelor’s degrees. For some participants, the current graduate programs are their first graduate programs; and for others, they have attended other graduate programs before attending the one currently pursuing.
  8. 8. Research Findings The Relationship between Interval and Gender It was found that the Pearson Product-moment Correlation Coefficient between gender and interval was 0.33. Strength of Association Positive Negative Small .1 to .3 -0.1 to -0.3 Medium .3 to .5 -0.3 to -0.5 Large .5 to 1.0 -0.5 to -1.0
  9. 9. Research Findings The Relationship between Interval and Age It was found that the Pearson Correlation Coefficient between age and interval was 0.85.
  10. 10. Research Findings Motivation to Join Graduate Programs It was found that 13 individuals (54.17%) chose to attend a graduate program because of personal goal, 3 individuals (12.50%) for the purpose of salary increase, 6 individuals (25.00%) for the purpose of career change, and 2 individuals (8.33%) for the reason of current economy.
  11. 11. Research Findings
  12. 12. Conclusion ● It took participants 7.63 years to start their current graduate programs, after getting bachelor’s degrees. ● The relationship between Interval and Gender had a medium strength (.33) ● The relationship between Interval and Age had a large strength (.85) ● The majority of participants (54.17%) were motivated to pursue their graduate program as a personal goal.
  13. 13. Limitations 1. Small sample size 2. Brevity of questionnaire Didn’t ask to specify masters or doctoral program Didn’t ask to specify if degree or non-degree seeking Didn’t ask if hold other advanced degrees (i.e. multiple masters degrees) Didn’t ask for relationship status Didn’t ask for number of children in the home Didn’t ask for employment status 3. All programs housed in college of education, so lack of diversity among programs (may impact motivation)
  14. 14. Implications & Future Studies ● If the study were conducted in other colleges and departments, this could yield different results for motivation. ● This information could be useful when designing a graduate program ● This data could be helpful when recruiting for a program

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