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ERIC Number: ED108929
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974
Pages: 218
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Facilitating the Development of Mathematical Talent in Young Women.
Fox, Lynn Hussey
In this study the mathematical achievement, interests, and aspirations of seventh-grade girls given a specially designed algebra course were compared with that of matched male and female samples enrolled in a traditional co-educational course. Samples were matched for SAT math and verbal scores, and for parents' level of education. The experimental course was designed to appeal to the social interests of the students, and to increase their awareness of career opportunities in science and mathematics. All groups were given the Holland Vocational Preference Inventory before treatment; no statistically significant differences were observed. After treatment the experimental group was significantly more knowledgeable about algebra than either control group. No significant differences were exhibited for posttest scores on the SAT-M, but 11 experimental and no control subjects were placed in accelerated programs. After treatment experimental girls showed more interest in investigative careers, and a somewhat higher level of career aspiration, than control girls. This difference was stable over a nine-month period. The author concludes that attention to the social interests of girls in planning accelerated mathematics courses is very important. (SD)
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
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Note: Ph.D. Dissertation, The Johns Hopkins University