ERIC Number: ED352267
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-May
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Factors That Influence the Career Aspirations of Mathematically Precocious Females.
Montgomery, Janey L.
The career aspirations and the factors influencing career decisions were investigated for a group of extremely precocious females to determine why some enter math/science careers and others do not. Using the multiple-case study approach, 15 mathematically precocious females' career paths were characterized. These females had scored before age 13 at least 700 on the Scholastic Aptitude Test-Mathematics (SAT-M) (frequency top 1 in 60,000). Questionnaires completed at age 13, in 8th grade, and after high school graduation were used; in-depth telephone interviews at 19 to 21 years provided further data. Extremely mathematically precocious females have focused career goals by age 18; two-thirds had entered math/science fields by age 19-21. These math talented females viewed their career choice as a reflection of interests which stemmed form early family influences and educational opportunities. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Audience: Researchers; Administrators; Practitioners
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