ERIC Number: ED250233
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Attitude Change in Women's Studies Courses: A Field Study.
Crawford, Mary; And Others
Students who enrolled in women's studies courses at a college serving mainly students from working and lower middle class backgrounds were assessed for attitudes toward women and degree of sex-typing at the beginning and end of three women's studies courses. The study was conducted over three consecutive semesters in which 41 women and 6 men completed the Attitude Toward Women (ATW) Scale and the Bem Sex Role Inventory (BSRI) during the first and last weeks of classes. In addition, individual interviews were conducted with male students during the first and last weeks of courses. Results of the BSRI showed changes in masculinity and feminity scores. Masculinity scores significantly decreased for men and increased for women who participated in women's studies classes, a change that represents decreasing sex-typing in both males and females. On the ATW Scale, attitudes toward women were liberal in both sexes (though more liberal in women) at pretesting and remained so. Structured interviews with male subjects were more sensitive than objective measures in revealing perceived changes in males. Results contribute to an understanding of attitude change as a function of exposure to information in an academic setting. (LH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Attitudes Toward Women Scale; Bem Sex Role Inventory
Note: Paper presented at the National Women's Studies Association Conference (Columbus, OH, June 26-30, 1983).