ERIC Number: ED330268
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Gender Segregation among Disciplinary Groups in Liberal Arts Colleges: An Examination of Differences in Career Concepts and Work Values.
Neal, John E.
The study reported in this paper examined the level of gender segregation between disciplinary groupings in faculty members' career concepts and in the job characteristics they value in their work. Specifically, the study contrasted perceptions of faculty members in female-dominated disciplinary groupings with those in male-dominated groups. The research involved a secondary analysis of data collected in an Austin and Rice (1987) study on faculty members in small, private liberal arts colleges. A total of 4,271 faculty from 142 colleges responded to a survey (46% of the 9,204 full-time faculty surveyed) concerning perceptions of the academic workplace. Among this respondent group only those who reported a faculty rank of assistant professor or higher were included in the study. Of the 3,922 respondents in this final sample, 64% were male and 36% female, with an average age of 46 years. The study divided the respondents into Biglan's (1973) disciplinary identification categories (soft/pure, hard/applied, hard/pure, soft/applied) and analyzed the responses, using multiple group discriminate analysis, within the following variables: personal; role; intrinsic value; and extrinsic value. Analysis suggested that disciplinary groups of liberal arts college faculty members displayed differences primarily in their demographic composition rather than in their career concepts or what they valued about their work. However, a significant number of differences between faculty groups remain unexplained. Future uses of Austin and Rice (1987) data should address gender differences in faculty perceptions and values without the disciplinary component. The report contains 10 tables, 5 graphs, 24 references, and an appendix showing the disciplinary categories. (GLR)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Sex Segregation
Note: Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, April, 1991). Table 2 contains small print.