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Women who choose mathematics : the external and internal factors influencing their participation in a math-related occupation

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Women who choose mathematics : the external and internal factors influencing their participation in a math-related occupation

Robinson, Jennifer (2006) Women who choose mathematics : the external and internal factors influencing their participation in a math-related occupation. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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Given that females are not pursuing mathematics at the post-secondary and occupational level in the same numbers as males, this thesis examines the various reasons why women are drawn into a math-related career and explores the personal experiences of these women in order to gain a better understanding of the influences, support, events and interests that pushed them to choose this career path. Participants were fifteen women who have attained a degree in mathematics and/or are currently employed in a math-related career. Twelve participants were asked to complete a questionnaire and three participants were interviewed. Results demonstrate that parents, teachers and role models are important motivators. In addition, educational and occupational outcomes are guided by expectations for success, value and choice, and a high level of self-efficacy beliefs are required in order to persevere and succeed in a math-related field. Finally, recommendations are offered in order to increase girls' participation in mathematics at the educational level.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Education
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Robinson, Jennifer
Pagination:vi, 87 leaves : ill. ; 29 cm.
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Program:Education
Date:2006
Thesis Supervisor(s):Barakett, Joyce
ID Code:9155
Deposited By:Concordia University Libraries
Deposited On:18 Aug 2011 14:45
Last Modified:18 Aug 2011 14:50
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