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ERIC Number: ED238579
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Pages: 22
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Trait Selection Preference of Preadolescents.
Davis, Marie Somers
This study examined the preferences of middle grade students in selecting traits for their own future infants. Sixth- and seventh-grade populations of two elementary schools (l73 males and 90 females) participated. A simulated activity entitled "Parenting l995" was developed to provide the future setting and the instrument through which to explore the qualities preadolescents would select. A lesson on genetics preceded the presentation of instrument. Students were asked to imagine that they were living in the future with the ability to genetically engineer their children. Participants were then asked to select, from a list of 25 and list in order of preference, 8 traits for their unborn child. Selection preferences were divided into internal and external qualities. Among the findings were the following: (1) internal traits were ranked more highly than external traits; (2) females viewed honesty, responsibility, and creativity as significantly more important traits than did males; and (3) males rated strength, height, and quickness as more important than did females. (BJD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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