The attitudes of older Jamaican adolescents to `Women in Science'
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Faculty of Education, UWI
A 35-item "Attitude to Women in Science" scale was developed along dimensions of gender roles, vocational concern, personality/temperament, educational considerations, and cognitive concerns. This was administered to a sample of 88 girls (58 from a single sex, 30 from a co-educational school) and 93 boys (60 from a single-sex, 33 from a co-educational school). Girls scored significantly higher on the scale than boys; the girls from single-sex schools registering a more favourable attitude than the rest of the sample. Means for both sexes in the co-educational institution were almost identical. Schools had been matched for prestige, size, quality of staff, physical plant, and range of academic offerings