ERIC Number: ED209495
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
Sex Equity in Secondary Schools: Implications for Vocational Education. Summary of Faculty Survey.
Northwest Attitudes, Inc., Portland, OR.
Sixteen randomly chosen public high schools in Oregon were studied to determine the attitudes of teachers, counselors, and principals toward the issue of sex equity. Within these schools, 701 teachers, 57 counselors, and 16 principals were interviewed. From these interviews, a number of conclusions were drawn, including the following. (1) Strategies most frequently used to increase nontraditional enrollment in vocational education courses were teachers having available career/job materials which are not sex stereotyped, and counselors having access to materials and employment data that demonstrate the availability of careers/jobs to women. (2) A majority of the teachers and counselors mentioned at least one practice of which they were aware that discourages male and/or female enrollment in certain courses--sexist comments and/or jokes by school personnel were cited most frequently. (3) Most teachers and counselors were aware of Title IX legislation, but the majority of them said that the national emphasis on sex equity had had no effect on their teaching and counseling practices. (4) Most teachers and counselors did not think it was beneficial for male and female students to be segregated in some classes. (5) Almost half of the teachers but only one-fifth of the counselors felt that certain jobs are more appropriate for members of one sex. (6) The majority of the personnel interviewed has attended a sex equity workshop and had examined their materials for sex biased information. (7) Principals who have recruitment plans to increase non-traditional enrollments stated that these plans have had a positive effect. (Attitudes of students toward sex equity were also studied--see note.) (KC)
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 030 520.