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ERIC Number: ED027814
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Apr-5
Pages: 19
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College Women: A Research Description.
Cross, K. Patricia
Although America has almost achieved the goal of equality of educational opportunity for women, it is questionable whether the pathways to personal fulfillment are the same for women as for men. A synthesis of the findings of 4 major research projects, all of which involve national samples, reveal some interesting differences between the backgrounds, attitudes and aspirations of college men and women. Women tend to come from homes of higher socioeconomic levels than do men and higher proportions of men with lower ability, limited funds and middle class background attend college. Both parents and students seem to feel it is more important for a son to attend college although girls tend to make better grades in high school and are more satisfied with their performance. College women are more likely to support liberal causes, though less likely to dispute dormitory regulations--an issue related to the double standard. Taking all the research together, most women expect to have careers but marriage and family life take priority. Academic disillusionment is common and upperclassmen emphasize the satisfactions of friendships rather than scholastic accomplishments. The college woman juggles 3 pursuits--husband-hunting gaining practical job training, and exploring intellectual potential. Flexibility in educating women is needed and the provision of independent study could meet this need. Women should be encouraged to develop academic programs suitable for their wants and interests. (JS)
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Note: Paper presented at Annual Meeting of the National Association of Women Deans and Counselors, Chicago, Illinois, April 5, 1968.