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Course selection by secondary students has been studied from many different perspectives over the past decade. Intellectual ability, social class, and cultural distinctions have been discussed as causes of segregation in course selection. A less studied causal factor of segregation in course selection has been. gender differentiation. Recently, a well publicized concern has surfaced regarding the lack of women entering the fields of mathematics and science, particularly at advanced levels. Investigations have disclosed that even at the high school level, females have not chosen mathematics and . . science courses. Some researchers argued that it was mathematical reasoning ability that females lacked which caused them not to choose courses in mathematics and science (Benbow & Stanley, 1983). Other (Pallas & Alexander, 1983) disagreed with that conclusion. Certainly, the division was not because females were enrolled only in vocational track courses: many of those same females of high intelligence who were not choosing mathematics and science were choosing advanced foreign languages and English courses in the college track (Gaskell, 1984).

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Master of Arts in Education


Department of Educational Administration and Counseling

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James E. Albrecht


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