ERIC Number: ED209494
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
Sex Equity in Secondary Schools: Implications for Vocational Education. Summary of Student Survey.
Northwest Attitudes, Inc., Portland, OR.
Three hundred eighty-eight students in 16 randomly chosen high schools in Oregon were interviewed to determine their attitudes toward the issue of sex equity. About half the students were vocational students, and half were non-vocational students. From these interviews, a number of conclusions were drawn, including the following. (1) About 30-40 percent of vocational and non-vocational students see significant differences between men and women in terms of work attitudes and abilities. Female students are much less likely to see such differences. (2) Vocational students are more likely to work fulltime the first year they leave high school than non-vocational students, and more females of both groups plan to work parttime. (3) Between 20 percent and 30 percent of all students said they had been discouraged from taking a course, most often by other students. Within the school environment, other students and counselors were cited as having the most influence over students' selection of courses. (4) About one-third of the students did not know about their school's job exploration or job/career awareness activities. (5) Female students were more likely to have discussed job or career plans with their counselors. More than half the students have a job outside school. Non-vocational females are likely to receive a lower hourly wage than are males. (6) Non-vocational students have both higher aspirations and expectations toward post-high school education than do vocational students. Among non-vocational students, males and females have similar aspirations, but males are more likely to believe they will carry them out. (Attitudes of teachers, counselors, and principals were also studied--see note.) (KC)
Descriptors: Academic Aspiration, Academic Education, College Bound Students, Enrollment Influences, Females, General Education, High School Students, High Schools, Males, Noncollege Bound Students, Occupational Aspiration, Part Time Employment, Sex Bias, Sex Fairness, Sex Stereotypes, Student Attitudes, Vocational Education, Work Attitudes
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Oregon State Dept. of Education, Salem.
Authoring Institution: Northwest Attitudes, Inc., Portland, OR.
Note: For a related document see CE 030 521.