ERIC Number: ED183935
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
Children's Occupational Stereotypes as a Function of Classification Skill and Grade Level.
A study was conducted to determine if children's level of classification skill would mediate the development of their occupational stereotypes. The intent of the study was to describe differences in such stereotypes that occurred at different levels of grade and classification skill, as well as to extend the data dealing with sex differences in occupational stereotypes. Seventy-two children, thirty-five males and thirty-seven females, from grades 1, 3, and 5 of a Catholic elementary school responded to an instrument that measured their gender stereotyping of adult occupations. Prior to the administration of the dependent measure, the subjects completed a series of standard Piagetian tasks which divided them into three levels of cognitive development with regard to classification skills. Findings indicate that (1) grade effects occurred between grade 1 and the two upper grades, (2) subjects possessing multiple classification abilities differed from those in the two lower levels of classification skill, and (3) children of both sexes at all grades and levels of classification skill were markedly flexible in their responses when compared to an adult validation sample. (Implications for programs of career education are discussed in terms of social learning and cognitive developmental theories.) (LRA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: College of St. Rose, Albany, NY.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convocation of the Northeastern Educational Research Association (10th, October, 1979).