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ERIC Number: EJ822323
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1932-202X
Gender Differences in the College and Career Aspirations of High School Valedictorians
York, E. Anne
Journal of Advanced Academics, v19 n4 p578-600 Sum 2008
The purpose of this research was to examine the college and career plans of a high-achieving group of students, high school valedictorians, to determine whether the females had equal aspirations with the males at the end of the senior year of high school in terms of their intended college major, the selectivity of their chosen college, and for future labor market earnings in their intended careers. A unique, pooled dataset was constructed from valedictorian profiles published in a regional newspaper for the 2003, 2004, and 2005 graduating classes in the Research Triangle area of central North Carolina. The results indicated that the female valedictorians were equally likely to intend to major in a field in the sciences but were more likely to intend to major in fields in the humanities and social sciences; were less likely to intend to major in math, computer science, or engineering; and were planning careers in lower paying occupations. The female valedictorians were, on average, planning to attend less selective colleges, as measured by the colleges' acceptance rates, although the gender difference in college selectivity decreased when the females graduated from high schools with higher average SAT scores, all else held constant. (Contains 7 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: North Carolina
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: SAT (College Admission Test)
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