ERIC Number: ED351544
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
Study To Examine Impact of Gender Equity Training Programs on Attitude Expressed toward Women in Nontraditional Roles.
Reilly, Linda B.; And Others
A study examined attitudes toward women in nontraditional roles among high school students and staff and identified the training strategies most effective in increasing acceptance of women in these roles. Participants in the study were 759 students (48 percent), teachers (35 percent), and counselors and administrators (17 percent) in 9 school districts in New Jersey. Participants were involved in equity training programs, funded by the New Jersey State Department of Vocational Education, that used career days, guest speakers, job fairs, printed materials, posters, film, and videos. A pretest/posttest control group design was used, along with an instrument that was a semantic differential test on which participants were asked to indicate feelings about women in 10 different nontraditional roles. The results included the following: (1) female respondents were significantly more positive toward women in nontraditional roles on both the pretest and posttest; (2) on the posttest, Caucasians were significantly more positive than African Americans, Hispanics, Asian Americans, or Native Americans; (3) Asian Americans had the least positive attitudes; (4) on the posttest, teachers and administrators were more positive than either counselors or students; (5) no significant changes were found in either counselors or students as a result of training; (6) positive changes were found among students who attended a 2-day workshop for student leaders called Achieving Sex Equity through Training; and (7) ongoing training involving printed materials, posters, films, career awareness programs, and speakers seemed to be the most effective in producing positive attitudes. (CML)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: New Jersey State Dept. of Education, Trenton. Div. of Adult and Occupational Education.
Authoring Institution: Montclair State Coll., Upper Montclair, NJ. Life Skills Center.
Identifiers: New Jersey