ERIC Number: ED347935
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Apr-20
The Role of Women's Studies in Fostering Women's Educational and Career Prestige Aspirations.
Bayley, Linda J.
This paper presents a study that investigated the significant differences between black (n=157) and white (n=1,307) women's aspirations relative to their participation in Women's Studies. The status of women students' career and educational aspirations was assessed upon college entry and again 4 years later. Students were asked to report: (1) the highest formal academic degree they plan to acquire; and (2) their top career choice from a list of 44 career and occupational fields. It was found that participation in Women's Studies coursework significantly impacted occupational prestige aspirations differentially by race. Multivariate analyses for the career prestige measure indicated that there is a strong interaction effect for career prestige by race and by participation in Women's Studies Coursework; black women participants made substantial gains over other groups in the study, while the occupational aspirations of black non-participants declined. White women participants entered college with higher prestige aspirations than white non-participants. There was no significant difference in aspirational decline over college between participants and non-participants. Contains 32 references. (GLR)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Achievement Need, Aspiration, Black Students, Career Choice, College Freshmen, College Students, Comparative Analysis, Females, Goal Orientation, Higher Education, Longitudinal Studies, Multivariate Analysis, Racial Differences, Sex Differences, Student Educational Objectives, White Students, Womens Studies
Publication Type: Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: For a related document, see HE 025 699.