ERIC Number: ED344032
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Follow-up Study of Graduates Who Entered Nontraditional Careers. Final Report.
Wells, Randall L.; Gaus, Donna
A project assessed progress made in eliminating sex bias, stereotyping, and discrimination in vocational education as reported by graduates who had prepared for and entered nontraditional careers. A literature search on sex bias and stereotyping in education was conducted to assist in development of the survey instrument administered to graduates. The instrument examined the presence of sex bias, stereotyping, and discrimination in recruitment, instruction, counseling, and placement activities in vocational education. Graduates also responded to several items about sex bias in cooperative education and support and encouragement for single parents in vocational education. Of 231 male and female graduates in the sample, 36 returned usable and completed instruments. Of 27 employers, 18 completed the Osmond-Martin Sex Role Attitude Scale. Graduates believed that teachers treated students of both sexes equally. Responses to items about verbal sex bias were consistent with graduates' statements; responses to items about nonverbal sex bias were not. Generally, graduates claimed that their school treated students equally regarding recruitment and placement practice. A majority felt that counselors were supportive of their decision to enter nontraditional careers but did not provide vital information about sex inequities and legal remedies. Employers' sex-role attitudes were very modern. (Appendixes include a 41-item bibliography, a list of nontraditional programs, correspondence, the study instruments, and a summary of responses.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Ancillary School Services, Career Counseling, Cooperative Education, Graduate Surveys, High Schools, Job Placement, Nontraditional Occupations, Postsecondary Education, Sex Bias, Sex Discrimination, Sex Fairness, Sex Stereotypes, State Surveys, Student Attitudes, Student Recruitment, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Kentucky State Dept. of Education, Frankfort. Office of Vocational Education.
Authoring Institution: Louisville Univ., KY. School of Education.