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ERIC Number: ED113624
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Mar
Pages: 25
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Explaining the Aspirations of Working Class Girls.
Gaskell, Jane
Until recently research on women's educational and occupational aspirations has ignored the role of sex role ideology (SRI) and has concentrated primarily on college women. This study was implemented with 270 grade 12 girls, 25 percent of whom were from lower class backgrounds. Four scales of SRI were administered: femininity, power, division of labor, and women's liberation. An additional set of four scales of aspirations was also given: educational, occupational, marital aspirations, and occupational commitment. The results indicated a high correlation between educational aspiration and power and women's liberation, while marital aspirations correlated negatively with each of the four scales of the SRI. These correlations suggest that the more conviction in the equality of the sexes, the higher the educational aspirations of the girls. Agreement with the women's liberation items were the best predictors of occupational and educational aspirations, even after such important background variables as achievement and social class were controlled. The author concludes that the relationship correlations found in this study were very low, and that the results can not be generalized unless a more representative sample of subjects is used. (SE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Education Association (Boston, Massachusetts, July 1-4, 1975)