ERIC Number: ED110341
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Sex Differences in Preparing for Scientific Occupations.
Keeves, John P.; Read, Alison D.
Presented is evidence concerned with the disparities existing in Australia between sexes in level of participation in education, particularly with regard to the areas of mathematics and science. It is argued that performance at school in these subject areas determines in part the opportunities which are available to continue with education in preparation for entry into scientific occupations. Inequalities existing between the sexes in involvement in mathematics and science education, therefore, restrict the entry by women into science-based occupations. The evidence presented in this paper is concerned first with sex differences in participation in education at school, at university, and at other tertiary institutions. Secondly, the types of schools in Australia are examined. Thirdly, evidence of sex differences in achievement and attitudes towards both subjects is presented. Finally, sex differences in attendance at tertiary institutions, courses studied, and engagement in science-based occupations are considered. Implications of the findings for educational practice in Australia are raised. (Author/EB)
Descriptors: Feminism, Higher Education, International Education, Labor Utilization, Mathematics Education, Science Careers, Science Education, Scientific Personnel, Sex Discrimination
Mr. M.J. Rosier, ACER, P.O. Box 210, Hawthorn 3122, Victoria, AUSTRALIA ($0.50); Lawrence Verry, Inc., Mystic, Connecticut 96355
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement, Hawthorn (Australia).; Australian Council for Educational Research, Hawthorn.
Identifiers - Location: Australia