Factors affecting the college speciality selection of Kazakhstani students

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2020 International Young Scholars Workshop


Abstract. In this talk we discuss factors that influence and impact Kazakhstani students when it comes to decide major selection.To analyse and study factors,we surveyed 314 students over 16 universities of Kazakhstan (including private, semi-government and government universities). In the previous joint work with (Assanbayeva & Kadyrov, 2020) factor analysis resulted 9 scales,namely,teacher impact,occupation salary impact,external impact,personal interest impact,personal skills impact,national test impact,university cost impact,parents impact,state grant impact.The main aim of the present work is to investigate main factors that influenced the Kazakhstani students most.The next goal is to find any differences in terms of gender when it comes to major selection factors.As most participants were among Suleyman Demirel University,we also wanted to see if there any differences between factors that influence Suleyman Demirel University students major selection to students of other local universities. The statistical data analysis show that students found themselves to be the most influential by 6 factors out of 9 ,namely,influence of state grant, influence of university cost, occupation salary impact, national test impact, influence of personal interest and influence of personal skills.Findings also suggested that, there is no difference between these 6 factors depending on gender.Also,no differences were found among university and factors.



Major Selection, t-test, hypothesis testing, factor analyse, 2020 International Young Scholars Workshop, №9


Assanbayeva G / Factors affecting the college speciality selection of Kazakhstani students / 2020 International Young Scholars Workshop