ERIC Number: ED193314
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
Sex Differences in Artistic Achievement: A National Study. No. 06-A-51.
Knight, Sarah S.
The National Assessment of Educational Progress reports data about levels of educational achievement of 9-, 13-, and 17-year-olds in several learning areas, including art, music, literature, reading, mathematics and science. Within each age group, females' and males' levels of art achievement were compared, and sex differences were contrasted with results from the other assessment areas. In the 1974 art assessment items fell into four categories: (1) affective involvement with art; (2) cognitive activities involved with art; (3) drawing and design skills; and (4) art participation background information. Conclusions show art as not having strong female or male dominance. Males' and females' drawing skills in particular show mixed percentages of success. Neither sex at any age level was very knowledgable about art. Attitudes toward art differ with age. Sex related patterns of achievement in art are unlike those from literature and music; females conform to popular expectations in literature and music while they do not always in art. Achievement patterns vary across ages and topics with respect to male-female dominance and the science results show consistent male dominance throughout. (GK) Primary type of information provided by report: Results (Sex).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO. National Assessment of Educational Progress.
Identifiers: National Assessment of Educational Progress