ERIC Number: ED147723
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973
Reference Count: 0
Acceleration in Science for Achieving High School Women. Project RISE. Final Report.
Long, Barbara H.
This study demonstrates that a population of high-achieving young women with sufficient motivation and ability for acceleration in science may be readily identified and that acceleration in science is practical for such a group. To test the effects of participation in a research-oriented multi-disciplinary college course (Research Introduction to Science) by high-achieving female high school juniors, 324 students selected on the basis of grades and achievement test scores were administered the Strong Vocational Interest Blank for Women and the Careers Attitudes and Plans Survey. They were also offered the possibility of taking a free multidisciplinary college course. The 137 students definitely interested in taking the course were randomly divided into two groups: experimental (enrolled in the course) and control (not enrolled). They differed significantly from the 187 not interested on 32 of the 69 variables. Fifty-eight students (85%) successfully completed the course, and their grades and ratings of enjoyment of the course correlated significantly with 42 pre and post measures. Those sufficiently motivated for the course were significantly higher on "science" factor scores and more interested in careers in general than those not motivated. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
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