ERIC Number: ED186820
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
Sex Differences in the Career Values, Interests, and Choices of College Students.
Norris, Lila; Katz, Martin R.
Observations of the career decision-making (CDM) behaviors of college students were analyzed to investigate how variations in the CDM process may be associated with sex and "sex-typed" values. Data were collected from records of students' interaction with the computer-based System of Interactive Guidance and Information (SIGI) to look into the process of CDM. First, sex differences in values were examined. Then, for groups classified as having values "typical" or "atypical" of each sex, analyses were made of differences and similarities in such behaviors as preferences for major fields of interest and kinds of occupations chosen. While identified sex differences tended to confirm the stereotype of the striving, active, positive male and nurturant, passive female, the two"typical" sub-groups accounted for many of these differences. Furthermore, differences between the "typical" and "atypical" sub-groups within each sex often parallelled those between the sexes. Results suggest that similarities between the sexes in the CDM process outnumber differences and justify "sex-blind" guidance. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ.
Identifiers: System of Interactive Guidance and Information
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Boston, MA, April 7-11, 1980).