ERIC Number: ED313291
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Getting the GIST: A Quantitative Study of the Effects of the Girls Into Science and Technology Project. Manchester Sociology Occasional Papers Number 22.
Girls Into Science and Technology (GIST), an action research project that ran from 1979 to 1983, aimed to study the reasons for girls' under-achievement in science and technology and to take action to remedy the situation. A cohort of 1,700 young people in ten co-educational comprehensive schools in the Greater Manchester area were followed from the ages of 11 to 17. Interventions were implemented during their first 3 years in eight of the schools (the action schools). This paper presents a detailed statistical analysis of the quantitative data from the GIST project, which explores the differences between pupils from action and control schools. It confirms preliminary results which showed that GIST was most effective in reducing sex stereotypes. The project also had some impact on attitudes to science, but subject choices did not vary substantially between action and control schools. When subgroups were examined, it emerged that GIST was most effective in changing the subject choices and attitudes of middle class and/or academically able girls. The project seemed to have had much less effect on boys. Some of the effects of being in an action school persisted to age 17. Numerous statistical tables and graphs are included. A 62-item annotated bibliography of publications from the GIST Project concludes the document. (JB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Equal Opportunities Commission, Manchester (England).
Authoring Institution: Manchester Univ. (England). Dept. of Sociology.
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Manchester)