ERIC Number: ED164856
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
Sex Stereotyping: Analysis of Students Enrolled in Vocational Programs in Indiana. Final Report.
This study investigated the extent and nature of sex bias in Indiana's vocational education programs. It also examined sex bias in relation to selected factors (motivation, psychomotor and language skills, I.Q., interest, reality, and sex-role perception). Enrollments in vocational programs in twenty-four area vocational programs were analyzed. One hundred students (twenty-five females and twenty-five males in traditional programs, and twenty-five females and twenty-five males in nontraditional programs) responded to selected commercial tests and to the Bem Sex Role Inventory (BSRI). School personnel were given a ten-item survey on practices and policies for eliminating sex bias in vocational programs. Findings indicate the following: (1) the number and type of vocational courses offered and the selected factors identified for this study appear to have little influence on an individual selecting a nontraditional program; (2) sex-role-self-perception appears to affect the selection of nontraditional programs. The findings suggest that additional efforts are needed to eliminate sex bias in vocational programs, especially in the areas of teacher attitudes, employer attitudes, and student nonsex-bias orientation to occupations. (Author/JH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bureau of Occupational and Adult Education (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Indiana State Board of Vocational and Technical Education, Indianapolis.