ERIC Number: ED387730
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Jul
Cases of Rural Gifted College Females: Socialization Barriers and Career Choices.
Grant, Dale F.; And Others
Gifted females have less frequently sought high-prestige and high-income careers due to a number of barriers. Some barriers are related to society's expectations of women, and others are related to the workplace itself. The most limiting and pervasive barrier is "sex role socialization's impact on the child's developing self-belief system" (Hollinger, 1991). This questionnaire study examines seven female adolescent college students (three African-Americans, and four Caucasians) identified as gifted in elementary school. The subjects participated in gifted and Advanced Placement programs for an average of six years in rural Georgia. For the most part, the gifted females in this study did not articulate marriage and family plans as influences on their choices of major or career aspirations, but the influence is evident. It is also notable that all participants in the study plan to be employed as adults and generally expect to be in partnership relationships where tasks within the home are shared with their partners. Finally, although none of the participants had to limit their career aspirations due to a lack of mathematics or science preparation, their dislike for mathematics did limit their career aspirations. Further investigation of these findings is recommended to understand their significance. Two tables present participants' pre-college influences and current status. The National Career Development Association (NCDA) questionnaire is appended. Contains 10 references. (KW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the National Career Development Association Conference (San Francisco, CA, July 5-9, 1995).