ERIC Number: ED430205
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
Career Aspirations of Young Women in High School and in College: A Seven Year Longitudinal Study.
Shmurak, Carole B.
This paper reports on a longitudinal study with results drawn from 7 years of data on a group of young women (N=42), following them from the ninth grade through the third year of college. The purpose of the study was to trace development of the participants' thinking about school, career, and women's roles while also tracking their grades, standardized test scores, and college admission data. This study was intended to help answer questions about the relationship between aspirations and achievement of young women in both coeducational and single sex schools, and the relative influences of high school and college on their career choices. Results show that many of the girls aspired to nontraditional careers but the range of careers was limited. Most of the girls were "clueless" as to the requirements of their "chosen" fields. The girls reported that no one talked to them about potential careers; this did not seem to be a result of sexist attitudes on the part of teachers. Some students seem to have lowered their aspirations as a result of their first year of college. (Contains 5 tables and 23 references.) (MKA)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Aspiration, Career Development, Careers, Coeducation, College Admission, College Students, Females, Grade Point Average, High School Students, High Schools, Higher Education, Longitudinal Studies, School Role, Sex Role, Single Sex Schools, Standardized Tests, Student Development
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the American Educational Research Association (Montreal, Canada, April 19-23, 1999).