According to the literature children’s educational and behavioral outcomes are strongly influenced by their parents. Besides setting an example for their children, parents also shape their behavior and attitudes. The present study represents a step toward a better understanding of how parental education levels impact children's vocational and educational choices, by using data from 518 Midwestern high school students through the Social Cognitive Career Theory (SCCT) model. The results show that while a paternal level of education does not affect intent to major in IT, maternal level of education significantly moderates the relationship between intent to major through interest in IT and outcome expectations. Implications pertaining to parental education and IT as a major choice are discussed.
Abdolhossein khani, Ghazal; Luse, Andy; and Rursch, Julie, "Momma Knows Best: Parental Impact on Intention to Major in IT" (2023). MWAIS 2023 Proceedings. 3.