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ERIC Number: ED121947
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Jan
Pages: 144
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Women's Work: Up From .878: Report on the DOT Research Project.
Witt, Mary; Naherny, Patricia K.
The document presents results of a research project that reviewed, analyzed, and assessed the United States Department of Labor's Dictionary of Occupational Titles (DOT) in terms of its analysis of traditional female occupations. The current edition of the DOT assesses the tasks of 21,741 salaried occupations, and assigns to each a skill-complexity code which many government agencies rely on when expending job training funds and forming manpower programs. It was discovered that a significant number of nondegreed jobs traditionally performed by women were depicted in the DOT as occupying the bottom rung in a hierarchical world of work arranged to reflect supposed job complexity and were not apprenticable because of their ratings. Job analysis studies were carried out regarding the traditionally female occupations of hospital food service, child care, home health aide work, school food service, foster care, and paraprofessional social work, with some 50 reports and 270 job analysis schedules resulting. Examples of DOT job definitions and task descriptions are appended. It is vividly demonstrated that the DOT systematically, though not purposely, discriminates against virtually all nondegreed, people-oriented women's jobs at great expense to the public in general and to women in particular. (Author/LH)
Women's Education Resources, University of Wisconsin--Extension, 610 Langdon Street, Madison, Wisconsin 53706 (No price given)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Sponsor: Manpower Administration (DOL), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Madison. Univ. Extension. Women's Education Resources.