ERIC Number: ED201935
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Nov
Relationship of Counseling Factors to Minority Females' Participation in Mathematics and Science.
Harris, Rubie J.
The underrepresentation of minority females in mathematics and science occupations raises questions about the role of secondary school counselors in the career choices of these students. Data from a mail survey of school counselors and guidance directors (N=125) were analyzed to examine the relationship of two dependent variables, i.e., enrollment of black female students in non-required mathematics courses and in non-required science courses and three independent variables, i.e., counselor demographic characteristics, characteristics of guidance programs, and counseling and guidance practices. None of the counselor demographic characteristics were statistically related to enrollment. In terms of the characteristics of guidance programs, only the "autonomy of counselors" variables were statistically related to both dependent variables. For counseling and guidance practices, the variable, "special efforts used to encourage black females to enroll in non-required mathematics and science courses," was significantly related to enrollment of black female students in mathematics courses. The variable, "amount of involvement counselors report in specific counseling and guidance practices," was statistically significant in relation to enrollment of black female students in non-required science courses. (NRB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Madison. Research and Development Center for Individualized Schooling.