ERIC Number: ED386678
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Apr
Attitudes and Aspirations of Female Adolescents: A Longitudinal Study-in-Progress.
Shmurak, Carole B.
This paper describes a longitudinal study which followed a group of young women through high school and college. The purpose of this study was to determine the relationship between: (1) aspirations and achievement of young women; (2) the relative influence of high school and college on career choice in young women; and (3) the interactions between various kinds of high schools and colleges on young women's attitudes, aspirations, and achievements. Subjects were 56 ninth-grade school girls from co-educational and all-girls schools. The sample included members of minority groups as well as students on full or partial scholarship to these schools. Results suggest that after two years of conducting this study, there are no significant differences between adolescent females who attend all-girls schools and those at co-educational schools on the following measures: attitudes to gender issues; grades in mathematics, science and English; and overall academic average. The longitudinal study is intended to continue following these girls throughout the rest of their high school years to monitor their attitudes and aspirations through repeated administration of the survey and through yearly interviews. Contains 25 references. (SR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, April 18-22, 1995).