ERIC Number: ED221580
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Research Reports, Media Coverage and the Beliefs of Parents: An Empirical Study.
A longitudinal study designed to assess parental influence on achievement expectancies provided a unique opportunity to compare data collected before and after the media coverage of the Benbow and Stanley report discussing males' superior mathematical ability. A subsample of 231 parents of math-able children initially in 5th, 7th and 9th grades was selected and the present data were collected 2 years later. A questionnaire consisting of both seven-point Likert-scaled items and open-ended questions was used to assess the impact of a particular media event on parent's attitudes and expectancies. The effect of being informed about the research report of Benbow and Stanley did seem to change parents' attitudes about these issues. Media absorption involves a self-selection according to previous attitude. It appears that hearing about the report may have had the effect of confirming mothers' beliefs that their daughters are not as able in math as their sons, while it put fathers of girls in a position of challenging the "evidence" for their daughters. The opposite happened in the case of general stereotypes for males: fathers of sons had their beliefs confirmed, while mothers did not. (Author/PN)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Likert Scales
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (66th, New York, NY, March 19-23, 1982).