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ERIC Number: ED260934
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Oct-5
Pages: 24
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Eighth Grade Science Teachers as Sex-Role Models for Eighth Grade Girls' Science and Engineering Career Interests.
Donovan, Edward P.; And Others
This study investigated the potential influence of female science teachers as sex role models for eighth-grade girls' science and engineering (SE) career interests. Subjects were 30 eighth-grade science teachers (14 men and 16 women) and their 1,937 eighth-grade students (992 girls and 945 boys). Using an SE career interest survey (CIS) developed by the authors, all students were surveyed at the beginning and end of the eighth-grade school year. Statistical analyses used to test interaction of teacher and student sex on student SE career interest show: (1) that the interaction did not account for a significant amount of the variance of student SE career interest; (2) a statistically significant correlation between CIS pre- and post-survey scores for the students; (3) a statistically significant correlation between student sex and the CIS scores (indicating that boys scored higher than girls); and (4) that teacher's sex did not account for a statistically significant amount of the variance of the girls' CIS postsurvey scores. These results indicate: (1) that as sex role models, the teachers did not enhance the SE career interests of their students; and (2) that the girls' SE career interests were not influenced by the sex of their teacher. (Author/JN)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A