Cyber Value and Interest Development: Assessment of a STEM Career Intervention for High School Students

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Heath E. Tims
Galen E. Turner
Krystal Corbett
Eric D. Deemer
Jeremy Mhire


The authors empirically examine theeffectiveness of an intervention program designed to facilitate interest incyber science among high school students (N= 60). Pretest-posttest and mediation designs were used to model self-reportdata that were collected at precamp, during a cyber-related task at midcamp,and at postcamp. An analysis of covariance (ANCOVA) revealed a significanttwo-way interaction whereby perceived value of cyber science increased frompretest to posttest for girls but decreased for boys. Situational interest wasalso found to mediate the relationship between Investigative vocationalinterest type and cyber self-efficacy. Implications for future cyberintervention programs as well as areas of additional research are discussed

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Research / Empirical
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Heath E. Tims, Louisiana Tech University

Galen E. Turner, Louisiana Tech University

Krystal Corbett, Cyber Innovation Center

Eric D. Deemer, Purdue University

Jeremy Mhire, Louisiana Tech University