ERIC Number: ED326177
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Nov
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Gender and Race Differences in Achievement, Enjoyment of Academic Subjects and Persistence in Freshmen Engineering Students.
Schaer, Barbara; And Others
This study was developed to investigate differences between black and white freshmen (both men and women) entering engineering programs. Specifically the study determined the relationships between enjoyment of course studied, achievement in those courses, and persistence, as reported by black/white, male/female students entering the engineering curriculum. The study also determined which variables functioned as the best predictors of gender and ethnic origin. Subjects were 511 freshmen orientation students at a large southeastern university. Ten discriminating variables significantly predicting gender included: enjoys language, art/graphics, history, economics, and physics and had high grades in language, physics, history, arts/graphics, and chemistry. The four discriminating variables of ethnic origin were: high grades on languages, total score in persistence, enjoys economics, and high grades in physics. Black males reported significantly more persistence than white males, though the reverse was true for females. 18 references) (JDD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, November 13-16, 1990).