ERIC Number: ED339894
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Sex-Role Stereotyping and Sex Bias in Secondary Vocational Education in Kentucky.
Stiegler, C. B.
A research project assessed the extent to which sex bias existed in Kentucky secondary vocational schools. The American Institutes for Research (AIR) Survey was administered to a statewide population of 483 secondary administrators/principals, counselors, vocational instructors, and traditional and nontraditional students; 406 responded. The Richardson, Davis, Ehresman (RDE) Survey was administered to the same populations and parents. Of 1,792 in the sample, 727 responded. (The RDE survey was a replication of a 1978-79 study.) Analysis of data from the AIR Survey revealed the following: (1) all groups had positive attitudes toward sex equity in the labor market and educational environment; (2) all believed that female and male vocational students would rather be in classes comprised of their respective sexes; (3) respondents questioned the belief that employers are willing to hire nontraditional student graduates; (4) all believed that sex discrimination was somewhat of a problem in the work force; and (5) respondents believed there was good support for all students in vocational education. The RDE survey findings indicated no difference in classroom treatment of traditional and nontraditional students. The results showed that vocational teachers tried to eliminate sex bias in their classrooms and that counselors did not treat traditional and nontraditional students differently. Recommendations were made for formal studies with employers and development of instruments and procedures to evaluate instructional materials for sex fairness. (Appendixes, the bulk of the document, include surveys, survey responses, and statistical comparison of particular group responses.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Counselor Attitudes, Educational Research, Females, Males, Nontraditional Occupations, Parent Attitudes, Secondary Education, Sex Bias, Sex Discrimination, Sex Fairness, State Surveys, Statewide Planning, Student Attitudes, Surveys, Teacher Attitudes, Vocational Education, Womens Education
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Kentucky State Dept. of Education, Frankfort. Office of Vocational Education.
Authoring Institution: Northern Kentucky Univ., Highland Heights.