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Volume

5

Issue

2

Publisher

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Abstract

This study was undertaken to determine whether the course "Women in Aviation” had an effect over the time period of the course on college student attitudes on women in aviation. The survey instrument was developed to examine those attitudes. It consisted of 25 statements that invited responses on a five-point Likert-type attitude scale. The survey was administered pre- and post-course with students asked to code their survey forms with an identification number and gender. Comparisons were made between the mean scores of 64 sets of paired responses to each of the statements on pre- and post-course surveys as well as between the mean scores of 60 sets of gender-related responses to the statements. The study suggested the course had an effect on student attitudes and further suggests that the attitude changes that appeared to occur supported women in aviation. The study also seemed to indicate that differences exist between male and female students in their attitudes on women in aviation-related career fields and that these differences persisted over the time period of the course. Finally, this study suggested that there is less agreement among men than among women in their attitudes on women in aviation-related career fields.

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