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Life Stories of Graduate Students in Chile and the United States: Becoming a Scientist from Childhood to Adulthood

Author:
Silva Fernandez, Marta A.
Degree Grantor:
University of California, Santa Barbara. Education
Degree Supervisor:
Mary B. Brenner and Julie A. Bianchini
Place of Publication:
[Santa Barbara, Calif.]
Publisher:
University of California, Santa Barbara
Creation Date:
2013
Issued Date:
2013
Topics:
Education, Vocational and Education, Sciences
Keywords:
Science Education
Socialization in Science
Educational choices
Comparative Education
Educational trayectories
Genres:
Dissertations, Academic and Online resources
Dissertation:
Ph.D.--University of California, Santa Barbara, 2013
Description:

The purpose of this cross-national study was to gain a more comprehensive understanding about doctoral students in the United States and Chile and how their decisions to pursue a career in the life sciences field occurred throughout their lives. . I interviewed 15 doctoral students from the Seven Lakes University (Chile) and 15 students from the West Coast University (US), using a life history approach. Analyses revealed that the degree of flexibility in the schooling system and the degree of individualism and collectivism of the social groups in which the students were learning science seemed to influence the informants' vocational decisions in three interrelated processes: (1) Deciding the informants' degree of interest and ability in science by the opportunity of choosing science classes and activities. The highly tracked Chilean system socializes students to science at an early age. The more flexible school system in the US enabled the interviewees to gradually decide about pursuing their interest in science; (2) Experiencing science as a collective learning process for the Chilean informants and an individualistic learning process for the US students; (3) Perceiving science differently at each life stage for both groups of interviewees including: Playing science, Studying science, Doing science, Working in science, Practicing Science in their doctoral programs.

Physical Description:
1 online resource (214 pages)
Format:
Text
Collection(s):
UCSB electronic theses and dissertations
ARK:
ark:/48907/f3ng4nkh
ISBN:
9781303052774
Catalog System Number:
990039788340203776
Rights:
Inc.icon only.dark In Copyright
Copyright Holder:
Marta Silva
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