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ERIC Number: ED191417
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Jun-12
Reference Count: 0
The Influence of Sex and College Major on Students' Attitudes About Future Employment and Satisfaction with College.
Behuniak, Peter, Jr.; Gable, Robert K.
Differences across majors in students' attitudes about future work and satisfaction with their academic program, and the effect of sex on any differences, were studied. A sample of 5,642 undergraduate seniors were selected from the students surveyed in the National Longitudinal Study (NLS) of the High School Class of 1972. The five college major areas studied were business, education, humanities/fine arts, physical and biological sciences/math, and the social sciences. The attitudinal and satisfaction items were part of the NLS third followup survey. It was found that students' attitudes about future work and satisfaction with college differed across majors on all but one attitude and one satisfaction item. It is concluded that specific attitudes about future employment and levels of satisfaction with college vary across college majors differently for males and for females. For example, results indicate that satisfaction with teachers and social life were more relevant factors for males than for females. It is further concluded that student attitudes about future work are related to college satisfaction, and these relationships are moderated by sex. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A