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ERIC Number: ED173599
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Promoting the Exploration of Personally Relevant Career Options in Science and Technology. Final Report.
American Coll. Testing Program, Iowa City, IA.
A study was conducted primarily to determine the impact of low-cost, replicable procedures for increasing exploration of and preference for careers in science and technology on the part of high school females with potential for such careers. Three-hundred and ninty ninth-grade females with above average academic ability were randomly assigned to an intervention group and a control group. Interventions included a non-sex-restrictive interest inventory supplemented with group discussions of career planning in general and science/technology careers in particular. In addition, a sample of 1,017 twelfth-graders was selected who were not planning majors in science or technology but who had high ability test scores and grades in science and math. These students were also randomly assigned to an intervention and a control group. Both groups received the usual ACT (American College Testing) Assessment score reports and interpretive booklets. However, the intervention group received two later mailings. The first mailing contained a letter calling attention to the recipients' high potential for careers in science and technology, a list of examples of science/technology programs at colleges of each student's choice, and a copy of a booklet entitled "Women in Science and Technology: Careers for Today and Tomorrow." The second mailing contained a list of resource books/materials on career planning and an invitation to return a postcard requesting additional information on specific occupations. Statistical analyses of the outcome data for both groups indicated that the interventions were not effective in accomplishing project objectives. (BM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: American Coll. Testing Program, Iowa City, IA.