ERIC Number: ED233103
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Maximizing Students' Educational and Career Choices: Results of a Two-Year Equity Project.
Boser, Judith; And Others
This paper presents the results of an educational equity program designed to reduce racial and sexual stereotyping at all grade levels among students. The project was instituted in a southeastern United States school district in 1981. Following evaluations in 1980-81 and 1981-82, this present study was conducted: (1) to determine whether participating students' attitudes toward sex roles changed significantly toward becoming less stereotypic, and (2) to identify particular grade levels at which students seemed to be more susceptible to change. Project activities included inservice sessions on equity topics designed to help teachers become aware of inequitable classroom practices and ways of remediating them. In addition, unbiased classroom materials or materials which reduce bias and stereotypic thinking were provided. Students were then administered four separate grade-appropriate instruments, using the Attitudes Toward Sex Roles (ATSR) instrument. Results showed that: (1) students' attitudes became less stereotypic during the second year for most groups, but the effects were not uniform for all grades, (2) individual grade cohorts showed significant movement toward androgyny, and (3) the greatest changes in students' attitudes toward sex roles occurred in the kindergarten and grade seven cohorts. (AOS)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Project NEED
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Montreal, Quebec, Canada, April 11-15, 1983).