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ERIC Number: ED127235
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973
Reference Count: 0
Report of the Personnel Task Force [And] Report of the Selected Studies Task Force [And] Report of the "Student Oriented" Task Force.
Kalamazoo Public Schools, MI.
Three reports of different task forces from the committee to study sex discrimination in the Kalamazoo, Michigan, Public Schools comprise this document. The first report, from the personnel task force, investigated personnel practices and working conditions in 1972 for the existence of sex discrimination. Questionnaires were distributed to 1,215 employees of the Kalamazoo school system, but only 392 were returned completed. They showed a great lack of awareness about sex discrimination. In the second report, the selected studies task force evaluated a selection of 13 courses for grades 7-12 in English, social studies, home economics, industrial arts, and business education. Textbooks were evaluated and some instructors were interviewed. Teachers did not feel responsible for changing any sex bias in their attitudes nor for constructively handling the sex bias found in 72.4 percent of the classroom materials being used. The third report, from the student-oriented task force, examined those elements in the students' school experience that are nonathletic and nonacademic for the presence of sex discrimination. Specifically, it looked at school policies; discipline; interpersonal contact in kindergarten, on playgrounds, through school bulletins, and from seating arrangements; parent attitudes; and extracurricular activities. Sex discrimination was found in all areas. All three task forces recommended that programs be provided for raising levels of awareness about sex discrimination. (ND)
Descriptors: Affirmative Action, After School Programs, Bias, Classroom Design, Cultural Awareness, Discipline, Elementary Secondary Education, Interpersonal Relationship, Parent Attitudes, Playground Activities, School Personnel, School Policy, Sex Discrimination, Sex Role, Sex Stereotypes, Social Bias, Teacher Attitudes, Textbook Bias
Instructional Media Department, Kalamazoo Public Schools, 1220 Howard Street, Kalamazoo, Michigan 49008 (Personnel $1.00, Selected Studies $0.75, Student Oriented $0.50)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Kalamazoo Public Schools, MI.
Note: Not available in hard copy due to marginal legibility of original documents; For related documents, see SO 009 335-338