ERIC Number: ED193474
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
Assessing Impacts of Vocational Education on Sex Role Stereotyping and Bias. Final Report.
Gilbert, Patricia J.
Neither vocational education programs nor the presence of nontraditional students had any significant impact on students' attitudes toward sex roles in the work world, according to a study of 1215 students in vocational programs at Wisconsin Indianhead Technical Institute (WITI) at Rice Lake. Most of the 840 male and 375 female students surveyed with the Youth Employment Questionnaire were enrolled in traditional, sex stereotypic programs. Of the few students enrolled in nontraditional programs, more females than males were considered "nontraditional students" (i.e., in programs usually chosen only by the opposite sex). The data showed that a majority of the students sampled held traditional attitudes toward sex roles in the work world, and their attitudes changed little during the three years of the study. The study also revealed that females in nontraditional programs were the least sex biased, and female scores on the survey typically were more unbiased than male scores. The study also validated the use of the survey instrument which is designed to measure stereotypes people have in relation to various jobs and worker traits. Several recommendations were made: (1) assess vocational educators' attitudes; (2) use unbiased classroom materials and provide inservice training; (3) try to reduce sex role stereotypes in early public school education; and (4) support nontraditional students. The survey instrument and a list of programs enrolling survey participants are appended. (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.; Wisconsin State Board of Vocational, Technical, and Adult Education, Madison.
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ. - Stout, Menomonie. Center for Vocational, Technical and Adult Education.
Identifiers: Indianhead Technical Institute WI; Wisconsin; Youth Employment Questionnaire