ERIC Number: ED183939
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Women in Apprenticeship for Nontraditional Occupations. Graduate Study Research. Final Report, April 1, 1979-June 30, 1979.
Green, Deborah A.
Though women are entering the paid work force in increasing numbers, their distribution across occupational categories is far from even. Women workers are clustered in traditional women's work jobs and represent only five percent of the nation's craft workers. In an effort to discover the motivations, experiences, and attitudes of women in nontraditional occupations, a survey was conducted of Wisconsin women enrolled in apprenticeship training. An initial open-ended questionnaire elicited a variety of factors that influence a woman's decision to enter and to continue in a nontraditional occupation. A second survey instrument yielded quantifiable responses regarding these factors. Highest among the factors which encourage these women to enter a nontraditional occupation were challenge, variety, learning, feeling of pride and self-worth, a sense of accomplishment, and the work itself. Some discouraging factors included working and safety conditions, the lack of supervisory feedback, and such personal concerns as housework and child care responsibilities. The overall impression to emerge from the research is that women in apprenticeship training are committed to their work and willing to endure the inevitable hardships of a nontraditional choice. (The survey instrument is appended.) (Author/LRA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Wisconsin State Board of Vocational, Technical, and Adult Education, Madison.
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ. - Stout, Menomonie. Center for Vocational, Technical and Adult Education.