ERIC Number: ED178730
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Training of Child Care Providers to Use a Nonsexist Approach to Child Development. A Final Report of Research.
Using the Attitudes toward Women Scale (AWS), a comparative study of college student attitudes concerning sex role stereotyping and sex bias was undertaken to evaluate the effectiveness of a project consisting of inservice training for college faculty and staff, a training program for 375 child care providers (child development students), and a model program of nonsexist curriculum development. The child development students (experimental group) and 718 psychology students (control group) were assigned to two pretest-posttest and two posttest-only groups. The training program included consultant and community workshops, practicum experiences, and parent involvement activities designed to eliminate sex bias. An analysis of variance found no significant differences between experimental and control group pretest scores or when the pretest-posttest and posttest-only groups were compared. When these latter scores were compared by department, the experimental group scores showed significant change whereas the control group did not, indicating training effectiveness in changing student attitudes. Utilization of results included availability of nonsexist materials to college faculty, staff, and students as well as community facilities; journal articles; packets of materials for child care providers; and consulting services availability. It was recommended that a comprehensive inservice training program be set up for postsecondary level vocational education personnel, and that a model training program for child development students be tested in community colleges. (Appendices include the AWS, lists of recommended audiovisual, adult, and children's resources, and workshop plans.) (CP)
Descriptors: Attitude Change, Child Caregivers, Child Development, Child Development Specialists, Children, College Faculty, Curriculum Development, Curriculum Research, Demonstration Programs, Education, Inservice Education, Postsecondary Education, Sex Discrimination, Sex Role, Sex Stereotypes, Social Attitudes, Statistical Data, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Texas Education Agency, Austin. Dept. of Occupational Education and Technology.
Authoring Institution: San Antonio Coll., TX.
Identifiers: Attitudes Toward Women Scale
Note: Prepared through the Department of Child Development