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How Strong Is the Link between High School Streaming and University Major Choices?

Published: 16-Sep-2021
Keyword: STEM, academic pathway, major choice, Cambodia
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The purposes of this study are to explore learning pathways when students transit from high school to higher education among Cambodian students and examine the probable causes behind their decision to switch academic majors. The study found that about half of surveyed students switched their academic majors. Virtually all the switchers are science-track female students. Personal interests and labour markets seem to be reasons behind the students’ major switch decisions, while performance in Mathematics in high school play a much less important role.

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