ERIC Number: ED379811
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Apr
A Study of Gender Differences in the Math and Science Career Interests of Gifted Fifth and Sixth Graders.
Jensen, Rita A.; McMullen, David
This study explored relationships between gender and the math and science interests of fifth and sixth graders (N=105) who participated in a summer enrichment program for gifted students. A researcher-developed questionnaire was utilized to obtain demographic data about the students and their intent or desire to pursue careers in math and/or science fields. No significant relationship was identified at the fifth grade level between gender and students' interest in math/science careers. However, a significant relationship was apparent for sixth grade students. A similar pattern was revealed for the variable of computers in the home, finding no significant relationship between gender and a computer in the home at the fifth grade level, while finding such a relationship at the sixth grade level. The relationship between students' career interests and their mothers' and fathers' career choices was not significant. Among students who indicated interest in careers involving math and/or science, there was a desire to take additional science courses but not additional math courses. (Contains 11 references.) (DB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 4-8, 1994).