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Effect of Pluralistic Ignorance on Women's Interest in STEM Fields

Title: The Effect of Pluralistic Ignorance on Women's Interest in STEM Fields.
Name(s): Muldoon, Abigail, author
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: serial
Date Issued: 2012
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Despite women earning over 50% of all bachelor's degrees in the United States, they are earning less than 20% of computer science and engineering degrees (NSF, 2011). While there is an abundance of research focusing on the lack of women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields, research has yet to focus on how pluralistic ignorance plays a role in women's avoidance of these fields for study and a career. In the present project, I examine the relationships between the stereotypes that individuals hold and the stereotypes individuals believe their friends hold regarding computer programmers and an individual's interest in computer programming. It was predicted all of the participants would engage in pluralistic ignorance regarding these stereotypes which would affect interest in computer programming. Additionally, to account for the gender gap, it was predicted that women would engage in pluralistic ignorance to a greater degree than men. Alternatively, it was predicted that men and women would engage in the same level of pluralistic ignorance, but this error would have a larger impact on women's interest in computer programming. A marginally significant trend was found for women perceiving that their friends hold more stereotypical views than men. Additionally, a significant correlation between men's perceptions of their friends' stereotypes was found and men's interest. I did not find any significant relationship between women's views or the views they believe their friends hold and women's interest in computer programming. Implications and future directions are discussed.
Identifier: FSU_migr_uhm-0072 (IID)
Keywords: women, STEM, pluralistic ignorance
Submitted Note: A Thesis submitted to the Department of Psychology in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Honors in the Major.
Degree Awarded: Spring Semester, 2012.
Date of Defense: April 16, 2012.
Subject(s): Psychology
Women's studies
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Owner Institution: FSU
Is Part of Series: Honors Theses.

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