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ERIC Number: ED260935
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982-Jun
Pages: 229
Abstractor: N/A
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The Influence of the Eighth Grade Science Teacher's Gender, Classroom Laboratory Emphasis, Level of Understanding of Science and Career Interest on Eighth Grade Girls' Science and Engineering Career Interests.
Donovan, Edward P.
This study sought to determine: (1) whether eighth-grade science teachers serve as sex role models and therefore enhance eighth-grade students' science and engineering (SE) career interests; and (2) if the SE career interests of eighth-grade girls are related to the sex and selected teacher effectiveness characteristics of their eighth-grade science teachers. Subjects were 30 eighth-grade science teachers (14 men and 16 women) and 1,937 eighth-grade students (945 boys and 922 girls) in Brevard County, Florida. All students were given an author-developed career interest survey at the beginning and near the end of the eighth-grade school year. Two major conclusions were reached based on analyses designed to test interaction of teacher and student sex on student SE career interest. The first conclusion is that as sex role models, the eighth-grade science teachers were not found to enhance the SE career interests of their students. The second conclusion is that eighth-grade girls' SE career interests were not influenced by the teacher's sex or effectiveness as measured by such variables as observed classroom laboratory emphasis, understanding of science, and career interest. The appendices include the CIS and related materials as well as an observer's teacher evaluation form. (JN)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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