ERIC Number: ED250194
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
Math/Science Self-Schemas and Curriculum Choices among University Women.
Lips, Hilary M.
Four hundred forty six female university students who had completed at least five courses were tested for self-schemas in math/science ability. One hundred eighty-four of the women had taken or were taking more than the required one basic math or science course. It was found that 35.0% of the women in the sample could be classified as having a positive self-schema for math/science ability, while only 14.1% could be classified as having a negative self-schema for this ability. Women were more likely to be positive schematic for math/science ability if they had taken or were taking math or science courses. Both the finding of such a small proportion of women classified as negative schematic and the subjects' responses to open-ended questions about the reasons for their course choices suggest that many university women avoid math and science courses not because of a sense of inferiority with respect to their abilities in these areas, but simply because of a lack of interest. The problem of women's avoidance of math and science courses may well lie less with the women themselves than with the presentation of math and science to them. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Mathematics Education Research; Science Education Research
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (92nd, Toronto, Canada, August 24-28, 1984).