ERIC Number: ED186263
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
Malthematical Preparation versus Career Aspirations: A Study of Wyoming's 1978 High School Seniors.
Kansky, Bob; Olson, Melfried
This report provides a general description of the mathematical programs pursued by students in Wyoming's public schools, an evaluation of the adequacy of the high school mathematical preparation of college-bound students relative to the occupational aspirations of those students, and a measure of the extent to which students are aware of the adequacy of that preparation. Each set of data was separated according to sex. Data indicate that many discrepancies exist between the mathematics program that students complete and what they actually should complete to insure successful entrance into college programs. Furthermore, they demonstrate that females take fewer mathematics courses, and their poorer preparation severely limits their occupational choices. Also included is an Afterword which suggests sources of information that might be useful in countering the problems revealed in the study. (Author/MK)
Descriptors: Career Choice, College Mathematics, Decision Making, Educational Research, Elective Courses, Higher Education, Mathematics Curriculum, Mathematics Education, Nontraditional Education, Occupational Aspiration, Research, Secondary Education, Secondary School Mathematics, Sex Differences, Surveys
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Wyoming State Dept. of Education, Cheyenne.
Authoring Institution: Wyoming Univ., Laramie. Science and Mathematics Teaching Center.
Note: Research sponsored in part by the Center for Research Services and Publications.