ERIC Number: ED218382
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Reducing Stereotypic Attitudes: A Prerequisite to Educational Equity.
Young, Donna; And Others
This report describes research on an educational program designed to create a more sex fair classroom environment. In a rural school system in North Carolina, staff development and training and equity materials were used to reduce traditional sex-role attitudes. A needs assessment indicated that the barriers to implementing equity in the area included traditional sex role attitudes of teachers and the community; the need for traditional role models; lack of women administrators; lack of male school teachers; emphasis on sports for boys; and sex stereotyping in school curricula and enrollments. To eliminate the barriers posed by stereotypic attitudes and traditional educational practices, teachers in an experimental school district were exposed to a staff development program that provided workshops on equal education and sex role stereotypes and familiarized teachers with sex fair curriculum materials. Scores on sex role attitude scales after program exposure indicated that teachers who attended eight or more workshops demonstrated significantly less stereotypic attitudes than those who attended seven or fewer workshops. The report includes the questionnaire used to measure sex role attitudes and lists of the topics and resources presented at the workshops. (MJL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: North Carolina
Note: Roundtable discussion held at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New York, NY, Mar 19-23, 1982).