ERIC Number: ED413935
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
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Researchers have claimed both that female students are discouraged from taking higher level math and science courses and that they actually take more of these courses than males do. On the surface, data from the Florida community colleges would appear to confirm that females take more science and math courses than males, with 63% of the fall 1995 biological science enrollments, 55% of the mathematics, and 52% of the physical science enrollments being female. However, this unit of analysis is too broad to provide a good indicator of gender course patterns since the biological science discipline contains courses that are geared toward nursing and dental hygiene students and mathematics contains courses that are required by anyone seeking an associate degree. An analysis of Florida community college enrollment patterns at the course level reveals that as math and science content level increases, the percentage of women enrolled decreases. Although women clearly dominate enrollments in biological science, there is a higher concentration of women in courses that lead to the more traditional associate degrees of nursing and dental hygiene. Finally, in the physical sciences, as well, women were more likely than men to be enrolled in courses related to associate degrees in allied health rather than those required of chemistry majors. (BCY)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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Authoring Institution: Florida State Board of Community Colleges, Tallahassee.