ERIC Number: ED173553
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Sex-Role Stereotyping in Vocational Education: Report on the Perceptions of Michigan Educators. Expanding Vocational Education and Training Options for Women and Men in Michigan.
Western Michigan Univ., Kalamazoo. Center for Women's Services.
Vocational education personnel at twenty secondary high schools and vocational skill centers in Michigan were interviewed to (1) identify vocational educators' perceptions of sex-role stereotyping (SRS) in vocational education, (2) determine whether school personnel had identified effective means of reducing SRS and sex bias in vocational education programs, and (3) determine the current needs of vocational educators concerning the issue of SRS in vocational education programs and services. Perceptions generated from the interviews were compared to the nature and extent of SRS as evidenced in vocational education enrollment data, staffing/structural patterns, and curriculum materials developed for student and teacher use. All role groups identified a need for a collaborative effort among students, parents, and school staff to eliminate SRS in vocational education programs. However, for a majority of the respondents, SRS and sex bias in the schools were not perceived to be a major cause of limited vocational opportunity at the secondary level. Eight recommendations were made for systematic, long-range changes to be instituted within and outside the educational sector to bring about expanded vocational opportunity for secondary students. (The interview instrument is appended.) (LMS)
Descriptors: Educational Environment, Educational Opportunities, Equal Education, Females, Males, Research Reports, School Personnel, Secondary Education, Sex Discrimination, Sex Role, Sex Stereotypes, Surveys, Vocational Directors, Vocational Education, Vocational Education Teachers, Vocational Training Centers
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Michigan State Dept. of Education, Lansing.
Authoring Institution: Western Michigan Univ., Kalamazoo. Center for Women's Services.
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