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ERIC Number: EJ781343
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 16
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 54
ISSN: ISSN-0256-2928
Can We Encourage Girls' Mobility towards Science-Related Careers? Disconfirming Stereotype Belief through Expert Influence
Selimbegovic, Leila; Chatard, Armand; Mugny, Gabriel
European Journal of Psychology of Education, v22 n3 p275-290 2007
A study was conducted to explore expert influence as a possible way to encourage girls' mobility towards math- and science-related careers. High school students were exposed to an expert source presenting "scientific evidence" that contrary to stereotype, girls are better than boys in all subject domains. Beliefs related to stereotype content, self-evaluations and intentions to engage in math- and science-related careers were assessed before and after exposure to influence. While most participants were influenced at the level of stereotype content, only girls who did not personally believe the stereotype prior to influence, and boys who did, increased their intentions to engage in math/science-related careers. Implications of the findings are discussed, with an emphasis on the possible ways to influence girls who firmly believe in the stereotype. (Contains 3 figures and 7 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: France