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Hardcover Lost Talent (Women in the Sciences) Book

ISBN: 1566394465

ISBN13: 9781566394468

Lost Talent (Women in the Sciences)

(Part of the Labor and Social Change Series)

In this pathbreaking book, Sandra Hanson asks what compels so many talented young women to leave the professions of science and mathematics? When do they leave and why? Why do equally qualified girls and boys have such different experiences with science education? What are the patterns for women who do stay in school and pursue a scientific career? What difference does family background make? Exactly how significant are differences of race and class?In...

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Lost Talent

_Lost Talent_, by Sandra Hanson, is a thorough and convincing study of women's educational experiences. She uses several large and well-respected data sets to examine why women are a minority in sciences. From this data, she constructs a thorough and convincing picture of student's educational opportunities. She considers several resources to which students have access, including individual resources (personality characteristics, family and work orientation), family resources (family socialization and resource allocation), school resources (the "hidden curriculum", course taking, and peer influence). Through her data, Hanson concludes that women choose to pursue science less often than men because of differential access to the above resources. In fact, women that do have equal access to resources are actually more likely to pursue a science career. This book is well organized and easy to read and understand. The tables and graphs are informative and clear. In my opinion, this book is a valuable addition to existing literature and is a must for people interested in gender, science, education, or work.
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