ERIC Number: ED374034
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
Attitudes about School of Academically Talented Seventh Graders.
Stocking, Vicki B.; And Others
This document discusses an investigation describing attitudes about school for a national sample of academically talented seventh graders. In particular, it considered how much students liked selected school subjects and how much they thought they would like particular college majors. The purpose of the study was to compare the attitudes of males and females of this group due to the noted shortage of women in mathematics and science related fields of study and work. The primary objective of this investigation was to compare the school-related attitudes of academically talented male and female seventh graders. A sample of 1,272 applicants to the Duke University Talent Identification Program Talent Search served as subjects for this study. Subjects rated school subjects and college majors in terms of how much they would like or dislike each and indicated subject preferences according to a forced choice scheme. Girls and boys both rated mathematics and science among their three favorite school subjects, although boys rated mathematics and the sciences higher than girls, and girls rated the arts and languages higher than boys. This pattern of results is echoed in ratings of college majors. A 17-item bibliography is included. Five tables illustrate: (1) mean ratings of school subjects as a function of sex; (2) rank order of school subjects according to rating of school subjects as a function of sex; (3) percentages of boys and girls preferring school subjects in rows over school subjects in columns; (4) mean liking of college majors as a function of sex; and (5) ranking of college majors as a function of sex. (Author/DK)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Duke Univ., Durham, NC.