ERIC Number: ED249264
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
Reference Count: 0
On the Decline of the Achievement Orientation of High School Females.
Schneider, Frank W.; Coutts, Larry M.
Based on the evidence and theory that sex-role differentiation increases in salience during those later high school years as students prepare for their imminent transition into young adulthood, it was anticipated that there would be a lower orientation toward achievement among grade 12 girls than grade 10 girls, and, possibly, the opposite for boys. The data were based on the responses of 848 students to scales relevant to several categories of achievement orientation. Partial support for our expectation was found. Whereas among females, grade 12 students reported lower educational aspirations and feelings of academic self-confidence than did grade 10 students, among males no grade level differences in achievement orientation were found. Also, relative to grade 10 girls, grade 12 girls reported higher levels of anxiety and perceived less achievement emphasis in their school environments. The results are consistent with the view that as girls progress through high school, socialization pressures that are antithetical to achievement increase. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Canada Council, Ottawa (Ontario).; Ontario Dept. of Education, Toronto.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (68th, New Orleans, LA, April 23-27, 1984).