ERIC Number: ED053684
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Mar-15
Reference Count: 0
The Undergraduate Woman.
Cross, K. Patricia
This is the 5th article in a series of AAHE research reports, and summarizes research on the undergraduate woman. It discusses: (1) women as students: their test scores, grades, and academic motivation; (2) women's career aspirations, with research pointing out that high ability women show abundant aspiration when not faced with the instruction to be "realistic"; (3) the relationship between parent's socio-economic status (SES) and their aspirations for their children, with those from low SES having much higher educational aspirations for their sons than for their daughters; and (4) the changing attitudes of women undergraduates toward their future role. The largest reservoir of academically well qualified young people who are not now attending college are those from the lower socioeconomic levels. The most disadvantaged of all by both SES and sex are Spanish American women. The most lopsided sex distribution is in the universities, because women have tended to go to former teacher colleges to become schoolteachers; and in the community colleges, which draw their student population from the lower socioeconomic levels. To rectify this situation improved career counseling and a change of university practices that discriminate against women is in order. (AF)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Aspiration, College Students, Females, Higher Education, Literature Reviews, Research, Social Discrimination
Publications Department, American Association for Higher Education, One Dupont Circle, Suite 780, Washington, D.C. 20036
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Sponsor: Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek, MI.
Authoring Institution: American Association for Higher Education, Washington, DC.