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Table 7 Analysis of students’ favored career interests by mathematics self-efficacy (MSE)

From: A study of the correlation between STEM career knowledge, mathematics self-efficacy, career interests, and career activities on the likelihood of pursuing a STEM career among middle school students

  Mathematics self-efficacy score
Career interest listed in top 2 favorites 0 to 3
Low self-efficacy
4 to 5
High self-efficacy
Working with people 215 (46.8%) 328 (51.1%)
Technical and scientific skills^ 159 (36.0%) 280 (43.8%)
Creative skills and expression 195 (43.5%) 267 (41.5%)
Manual and mechanical skills 150 (33.6%) 205 (32.2%)
Leading, persuading, and directing others 139 (31.3%) 205 (32.1%)
Routines and adhering to standards 104 (23.8%) 130 (20.4%)
  1. Differences statistically significant at the .01 level (^). Data weighted by grade and province. Sample sizes varied from 1073 to 1101 by career interest. Results show the percent within each MSE group (low or high MSE) that rated the career interest shown in their top 2 favorites. Percentages do not sum to 100%