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ERIC Number: ED083508
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973
Pages: 21
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Sex Differences in the Relationship of Attitude-Toward-Technology to Choice of Field of Study.
Goldman, Roy D.; And Others
This study investigates the questions of why male and female college students tend to chosse different fields of study. Subjects were recruited by mail from the list of incoming Freshmen of the University of California at Riverside and sampled randomly to represent one fifth of the Freshman class. Since subjects were paid for their participation there was a high response rate to this form of solicitation for a total sample size of 256. The results show that males and females differ significantly in attitudes. The discriminant function coefficients indicated that mechanical curiosity has the greatest discriminating power, with males showing greater curiosity. The comparison among major field groups yielded a highly significant difference among groups, as well as a significant interaction between sex and major field. The study concludes that attitudes differ between males and females and among major fields. The results have an implication for the use of attitude inventories for the academic counseling of women. A conclusion is that the use of a common norm for the counseling of men and women might actually be detrimental to both groups. (Author/WSK)
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