Title

Increasing Gifted Women’s Pursuit of STEM: Possible Role of NYC Selective Specialized Public High Schools

Department

Education

Document Type

Article

Publication Source

Journal for the Education of the Gifted. Volume 43, Issue 2, Pages 167-188.

Publication Date

2020-03-24

Abstract

This study examines female graduates (N = 616) from seven honors colleges in the Northeastern United States and the relationship between attending a New York City (NYC) selective specialized public high school and graduating with a science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) degree from an honors college. A causal-comparative study design was applied. The study found a significant difference (p < .05) in choice of college major (STEM vs non-STEM) between participants who graduated from a NYC selective specialized public high school and those who graduated from any other high school. These results support a positive relationship for female students between attending a NYC selective specialized public high school and graduating from an honors college with a degree in STEM. The implications of providing an appropriately challenging education for gifted female students are discussed.

Keywords

STEM, specialized schools, girls, gifted, honors programs, gifted education

DOI

10.1177/0162353220912026

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