ERIC Number: ED418857
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Factors Affecting Undergraduate Women's Consideration of Graduate Study in Science.
Morrell, Patricia D.; Andrews, Gail Glick
This study focused on female undergraduate students considering graduate study in the sciences in an attempt to identify their critical attitudes and concerns. Of particular interest were the factors that women felt contributed to their interest and success in the sciences up to that point, and the barriers they perceived they needed to overcome in continuing their studies. Eighty-six women completed a survey containing seven open-ended questions. The data were grouped into five subheadings: longevity of science interest and influential people, career plans and mentors, challenges and rewards of a science career, factors affecting educational decisions, and needs for additional information. The findings of this study may be used to provide insights to science educators at all levels and to career counselors regarding what interventions might be developed and implemented to increase the participation of women in science careers. Contains 24 references. (DDR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (71st, San Diego, CA, April 19-22, 1998).