ERIC Number: ED237342
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr
Reference Count: 0
"Attrition Processes Out of Mathematics for Undergraduate Students." Attrition from Mathematics as a Social Process. Final Report.
Maines, David R.; And Others
Investigated were those long-term processes which contribute to high rates of attrition for women out of mathematics. It is based on the contention that university students drop out of mathematics as a consequence of prior socialization, educational career contingencies, and goal commitment and career aspirations, with the mix of these factors different for men and women. A life history approach was used, tracing any pattern of participation throughout a person's life which could be regarded as an aspect of the decision processes. Related literature is reviewed and the theoretical framework is described in chapter 2. Chapter 3 describes the procedures used to gather and organize information. Chapter 4 presents sample background characteristics, while chapter 5 lists the major findings. Neither ability nor sex alone can account for the attrition process; rather, it is caught up in a complex pattern of interactive effects. These are presented in some detail (including 11 statistical tables) and conclusions are drawn in the final chapter. There is a 25-item bibliography and sample interview questions are included in an appendix. (MNS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers; Practitioners
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Northwestern Univ., Evanston, IL. Program on Women.
Identifiers: Mathematics Education Research