ERIC Number: ED199034
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-May
Reference Count: 0
Race and Sex Differences in College Science Program Participation.
Dunteman, George H.; And Others
Investigated were the reasons for low participation rates of women and minorities in college science curricula. The data base for the study came from the National Longitudinal Study, a study of over 20,000 high school seniors of the Class of 1972. Three follow-up surveys of the class were conducted in order to analyze the educational and vocational background of these graduates. The survey involved a sample of 1,200 schools with 18 seniors per school. Data collecting instruments included a test battery, a student record information form, and a student questionnaire. The primary tool used for analysis of the data was multiple regression analysis in a path analysis framework. Analysis of the data indicated that sex differences were more important than differences between blacks and whites in the probability of selecting a major in science. Black males were less likely to select a science major or to obtain a degree in science than were white males. When results were adjusted for difference between males and females in interviewing variables, blacks had a higher probability of selecting a science major than whites. Females showed negative impacts on the selection of a college science major. (Author/DS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Research Triangle Inst., Research Triangle Park, NC.