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Girls, girls, girls: Gender composition and female school choice.

Schneeweis N, Zweim├╝ller M - Econ Educ Rev (2012)

Bottom Line: However, the foundations for career choices are laid much earlier.Educational experts claim that female students are doing better in math and science and are more likely to choose these subjects if they are in single-sex classes.Using natural variation in the gender composition of adjacent cohorts within schools, we show that girls are less likely to choose a traditionally female dominated school type and more likely to choose a male dominated school type at the age of 14 if they were exposed to a higher share of girls in previous grades.

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Affiliation: University of Linz, NRN Labor & Welfare State, Austria.

ABSTRACT
Gender segregation in employment may be explained by women's reluctance to choose technical occupations. However, the foundations for career choices are laid much earlier. Educational experts claim that female students are doing better in math and science and are more likely to choose these subjects if they are in single-sex classes. One possible explanation is that coeducational settings reinforce gender stereotypes. In this paper, we identify the causal impact of the gender composition in coeducational classes on the choice of school type for female students. Using natural variation in the gender composition of adjacent cohorts within schools, we show that girls are less likely to choose a traditionally female dominated school type and more likely to choose a male dominated school type at the age of 14 if they were exposed to a higher share of girls in previous grades.

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Mentions: Fig. 2 shows the distribution of students among school types in grade 9 for students coming from low and high track schools separately, again for Austria, Vienna and Linz. The higher and intermediate vocational schools are combined and plotted by orientations.


Girls, girls, girls: Gender composition and female school choice.

Schneeweis N, Zweim├╝ller M - Econ Educ Rev (2012)

School types in grade 8.
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fig0015: School types in grade 8.
Mentions: Fig. 2 shows the distribution of students among school types in grade 9 for students coming from low and high track schools separately, again for Austria, Vienna and Linz. The higher and intermediate vocational schools are combined and plotted by orientations.

Bottom Line: However, the foundations for career choices are laid much earlier.Educational experts claim that female students are doing better in math and science and are more likely to choose these subjects if they are in single-sex classes.Using natural variation in the gender composition of adjacent cohorts within schools, we show that girls are less likely to choose a traditionally female dominated school type and more likely to choose a male dominated school type at the age of 14 if they were exposed to a higher share of girls in previous grades.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: University of Linz, NRN Labor & Welfare State, Austria.

ABSTRACT
Gender segregation in employment may be explained by women's reluctance to choose technical occupations. However, the foundations for career choices are laid much earlier. Educational experts claim that female students are doing better in math and science and are more likely to choose these subjects if they are in single-sex classes. One possible explanation is that coeducational settings reinforce gender stereotypes. In this paper, we identify the causal impact of the gender composition in coeducational classes on the choice of school type for female students. Using natural variation in the gender composition of adjacent cohorts within schools, we show that girls are less likely to choose a traditionally female dominated school type and more likely to choose a male dominated school type at the age of 14 if they were exposed to a higher share of girls in previous grades.

No MeSH data available.


Related in: MedlinePlus