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ERIC Number: ED002936
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1961-Jun
Pages: 106
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WHY SUCCESSFUL STUDENTS OF THE NATURAL SCIENCES ABANDON CAREERS IN SCIENCE.
FRIEDENBERG, EDGAR Z.; NORDSTROM, CARL
THIS STUDY INVESTIGATED EXPERIENCES, PERCEPTIONS, AND EXPECTATIONS OF SCIENTISTS WHO ABANDON SCIENCE CAREERS. A CARD SORT WAS GIVEN TO 45 COLLEGE SENIORS AND RECENT GRADUATES WHO HAD CHANGED THEIR FIELD OF SPECIALIZATION FROM ONE TO THE NATURAL SCIENCES TO THE HUMANITIES OR SOCIAL SCIENCES. THE SUBJECTS SORTED THE CARDS ACCORDING TO CONVENTIONAL FORCED-CHOICE DIRECTIONS INTO A SYMMETRICAL 1-3-7-10-7-3-1 DISTRIBUTION, RANGING FROM THE CARD BEARING THE ONE BEST PIECE OF ADVICE TO THAT BEARING THE MOST MISLEADING PIECE OF ADVICE. FOLLOWING THE CARD-SORT, EACH SUBJECT WAS ASKED TO DISCUSS THE REASONS FOR SELECTING EACH OF THE FOUR CARDS HE HAD PLACED IN THE POSITIVE END AND IN THE NEGATIVE END OF HIS DISTRIBUTION. IT WAS FOUND THAT MOST OF THE STUDENTS WHO LEFT THE SCIENCES FOR OTHER DISCIPLINES WERE CONCERNED WITH PERSONAL SELF-INTEGRATION AND THE MAINTENANCE OF A HEALTHY SPIRIT OF INQUIRY, LEAVING ONLY A SMALL NUMBER OF SCIENCE MAJORS WHO HAD CONCERNS SIMILAR TO THE SIGNIFICANT GROUP OF THOSE WHO HAD LEFT. FURTHER STUDY IS RECOMMENDED TO FIND WAYS IN WHICH POTENTIALLY CREATIVE SCIENTISTS WHOULD BE SALVAGED. (JL)
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Authoring Institution: City Univ. of New York, Brooklyn, NY. Brooklyn Coll.
Identifiers: NEW YORK; New York (Brooklyn)