ERIC Number: ED339893
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Sep-30
Reference Count: 0
Nontraditional Education Component in Single Parent/Homemaker Programs in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Final Report: July 1, 1989-September 30, 1990.
Bayne, G. Keith; Gerber, R. Anne
The content and activities of the nontraditional component of single parent/homemaker projects across Kentucky was perceived by past participants as not being as helpful as other parts. The study determined whether barriers to nontraditional occupations were valid for Kentucky, identified new barriers, identified components of previous projects, and assessed deterrents. The major deterrents to female entry into the programs are cultural, psychological, institutional, and personal-social barriers imposed by society and by women themselves. An array of personal-social barriers remain: the influence of family/friends, low occupational self-concept, lack of money for educational preparation, role conflict, fear of success or failure, and lack of role models or information. Study population included women who completed the program at 12 of the 14 locations. The programs assisted women in becoming economically independent by meeting career goals. The programs served 2,042 clients; 204 were program completers and 37 were interviewed. The results of the data obtained from the interviews validated the 17 previously identified barriers and identified 37 additional variable descriptors. The need for special emphasis on education and training for nontraditional jobs was stressed. (The following are included: table of factors deterring women from entering nontraditional careers, a list of single parent/displaced homemaker programs in Kentucky, an attitude survey about careers, and 52 references.) (NLA)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Career Choice, Cultural Influences, Displaced Homemakers, Educational Improvement, Equal Opportunities (Jobs), Failure, Family Influence, Fear of Success, Financial Problems, Independent Living, Individual Development, Institutional Role, Nontraditional Education, Nontraditional Occupations, One Parent Family, Psychological Characteristics, Role Conflict, Role Models, Self Concept, Social Development, Womens Education
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Kentucky State Dept. of Education, Frankfort. Office of Vocational Education.
Authoring Institution: Louisville Univ., KY. School of Education.
Note: A table which lists factors which deter women from entering non-traditional careers will not reproduce well due to broken print.