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Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering
SJR: 0.468 SNIP: 0.671 CiteScore™: 1.65

ISSN Imprimir: 1072-8325
ISSN On-line: 1940-431X

Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering

DOI: 10.1615/JWomenMinorScienEng.2017014576
pages 81-93

ANALYZING STUDENTS’ PLANS TO ENROLL IN ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP) CHEMISTRY AND CHEMISTRY AT THE UNIVERSITY LEVEL IN A PREDOMINANTLY HISPANIC REGION

Kenneth Christopher Smith
Department of Chemistry, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Edinburg, Texas, USA
Nilda Camarena
Science Department, South Texas Business, Education and Technology Academy, Edinburg, Texas, USA

RESUMO

What factors influence minority high-school students to proceed from pre-advanced placement (Pre-AP) to advanced placement (AP) chemistry and beyond that to university coursework? This paper uses modern expectancy-value theory to analyze the planning of high school students in a predominantly Hispanic region, the Rio Grande Valley. In this study, 108 Pre-AP chemistry students reported on their enrollment plans near the start and near the end of their Pre-AP courses. The majority of the students had reasons related to task-value components, particularly the utility value component. In addition, large proportions of students changed their chemistry enrollment plans between the start and the end of their Pre-AP chemistry courses. Furthermore, students' decisions to enroll in AP chemistry and university-level chemistry were influenced by their experiences in the Pre-AP courses; their perspectives on the value of further chemistry study developed as they progressed.