ERIC Number: ED242983
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Effects of Sexist Communication Patterns on Career Choices. Vocational Education Research Project.
Nicholls State Univ., Thibodaux, LA.
A study examined the effects of sexist communication patterns on career choices. To gather data for the study, researchers constructed two separate questionnaires. The first questionnaire consisted of 48 items that were carefully worded to be sex-neutral. The second questionnaire contained sexist versions of the original 48 items. Altogether, 221 responses were received, of which 86 were from females and 135 were from males. Of the 109 sex-neutral questionnaires that were completed, 40 were completed by females and 69 were completed by males. Based on their analysis of these questionnaires, the researchers concluded that communication patterns do affect career choices. When presented with a sex-neutral job situation, the respondents were more likely to select the correct outcome than when presented with a sex-biased, but otherwise comparable, situation. Both male and female respondents were reluctant to place workers into nontraditional roles. Based on these findings, recommendations were made calling for further study and for evaluation of career guidance materials used in Louisiana for sexist wording. (Both questionnaires are appended.) (MN)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Louisiana State Dept. of Education, Baton Rouge. Div. of Vocational Education.
Authoring Institution: Nicholls State Univ., Thibodaux, LA.
Identifiers: Impact Studies; Louisiana