ERIC Number: ED197972
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-May
Reference Count: 0
Factors Influencing Women's Decisions to Enroll in Advanced Mathematics Courses. Final Report.
Stallings, Jane; Robertson, Anne
This study was designed to identify the factors that relate to the decisions of females in secondary education to elect or decline advanced instruction in mathematics. The final sample included 91 classrooms in 11 high schools, with the focus of the investigation upon 489 students in 22 geometry classes. The findings indicate that the most important factors influencing women's decisions to enroll in advanced mathematics classes are parents' encouragement and support, students' successful experiences in mathematics classes, spatial ability in mathematics aptitude, and career plans. While teachers were found to interact more often with male pupils than with females, this factor did not seem to influence women's decisions regarding enrollment in advanced mathematics. It was found in one of the schools studied that a program designed to give all students many opportunities to see the educational and career opportunities involved in becoming a physicist, arthitect, or engineer appears to have influenced enrollment by both sexes in advanced mathematics. This school had a greater percentage of students enrolled in such classes than any of the others studied. The report contains further analysis of the findings and samples of some of the survey instruments used. (MP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: SRI International, Menlo Park, CA.
Identifiers: Mathematics Education Research