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ERIC Number: ED375707
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Nov-13
Pages: 32
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Gendered Accounts: Undergraduates Explain Why They Seek Their Bachelor's Degree. ASHE Annual Meeting Paper.
Bank, Barbara J.
This study used data from a 4-year longitudinal study of students at the University of Missouri, Columbia, to explore differences between males and females in their decisions to seek bachelor's degrees. The study focused particularly on three mediating variables: (1) performance levels, (2) expectations, and (3) attainment values. Data were obtained from 495 students who originally enrolled in 1985, who remained for 1 year at least, and completed an early fall 1985 and spring 1986 questionnaire. Students' university records provided additional information. Students were re-contacted in 1989 and 257 (out of 424 found) completed the questionnaires. Of these, 177 were women. The results of the study provided no evidence that women give self-defeating explanations for their decisions to seek bachelor's degrees. The data suggested that women were more likely than men to take personal credit for their long-term, real world accomplishments. Women in the study had higher performance levels than men though these failed to explain why women made stronger internal attributions and weaker attributions to academic drift than men did. Women also prized the bachelor's degree as much as men did and were just as career oriented as their male counterparts. (Contains 31 references.) (JB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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