ERIC Number: ED145292
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Factors Affecting Young Women's Direction Toward Science-Technology-Mathematics.
Kirk, Barbara A.
The study involved selecting a group of young women at the beginning of the last year of senior high school with the potential to succeed in careers in science, and then explored whether or not they are science-bound and why. Young women who scored well on the Mathematics Section of the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test could be assumed to have this potential, and a group of about 500 from a number of high schools in the San Francisco Bay Area were to be selected for in-depth inquiry. In the process of selection every effort was made to give representation to a broad variety of such factors as ethnic, socio-economic and cultural background as well as to differing school and community settings. The nature of these influencing factors and the relative importance ascribed to them by the young women and the high school faculties and administrators was to be looked at. In the focus of the study were the influencing factors that encourage young women of high scholastic aptitude to choose careers in the physical, biological and health sciences and in engineering, as well as those factors that discourage career choices in the area of the sciences. Relevant variables are current school policies and practices, prevalent community, parental and peer value systems; and socio-economic, ethnic, cultural, personality and personal background factors. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Management Technology, Berkeley, CA.