ERIC Number: ED169282
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
Math Avoidance and Pursuit of Fantasy Careers.
Benton, Barbara L.
Math avoidance has been hypothesized as related to career choice restrictions. Few attempts have been made, however, to assess the relative importance of the various components of math avoidance to career choice. Furthermore, it has been implied that persons fearful of math not only avoid specific careers but also reject careers that are otherwise seen as desirable. The purpose of this study was to examine the relative influence of several hypothesized correlates of math avoidance on academic major and career choice; and on fantasy career pursuit and rejection for men and women. One hundred twenty-nine undergraduate students responded to a personal data sheet and to two questionnaires: (1) The Mathematics Attitudes Scales (Fennema and Sherman, 1976); and (2) the Career Aspiration Scales, developed for this study. Five MAS scales discriminated groups by sex and major. Pursuers and rejectors differed by sex and major but not by attitudes toward math. Males and females differed on reasons for rejection of fantasy careers and on career discrepancies. (A bibliography is appended.) (Author/CT)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, California, April 8-12, 1979)