ERIC Number: ED158626
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Apr-28
Reference Count: 0
Data Pertaining to the Education of Women: A Challenge to the Federal Government.
Astin, Alexander W.
Data requirements for a comprehensive assessment of the educational status of women are evaluated. Issues concerning school personnel and women's educational development are considered. Postsecondary and elementary/secondary education are considered separately. Sex role stereotyping of teachers and administrators and numbers and ranking of men and women in academics are addressed. The federal government needs a mechanism for surveying recruitment and promotion of college faculty that provides data on faculty sex distributions by rank, longitudinal surveys of individual faculty members, and separate tabulations of newly-promoted and newly-hired faculty. Similar needs exist for elementary and secondary systems. Regular monitoring is needed of faculty pay scales among institutions differing in faculty sex composition. Analyses and dissemination of information on the sex composition of school administrators are needed. Monitoring of tne educational status of women should address educational progress (degrees obtained), education experiences (characterisitcs of education programs), fields of study, and persistence rates. Annual surveys on the educational status of women should include 10- or 15-year trends in enrollments and degrees awarded for men and women. Information is presented on these trends. Factors influencing women's career development and low mathematics interests and skills at the elementary and secondary levels need to be explored. The current federal data collection methods of institutional surveys, informants, and self-reports are described. (SW)
Descriptors: Administrator Selection, Affirmative Action, Career Planning, Data Analysis, Educational Assessment, Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Education, Equal Opportunities (Jobs), Females, Government Role, Higher Education, Information Needs, National Surveys, Sex Discrimination, Sex Stereotypes, Womens Education
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Prepared for the Census Bureau Conference on Issues in Federal Statistical Needs Relating to Women (April 27-28, 1978)