ERIC Number: ED146499
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-May
Reference Count: 0
Role Expectations of Parents of High School Students.
Busch, Judith W.; Blackwell, Peggy J.
This paper discusses a study conducted with 100 parents of high school-age students in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to determine the nature and range of their goals for secondary education. Each parent participated in an open-ended, tape-recorded interview. Results of these interviews, while qualitative, revealed basic sex-role expectations of parents for their children. Some parents, primarily middle- to upper-class Anglo, directed their comments specifically toward expanding the limits of traditional sex roles, and while no parent mentioned that girls might choose to remain single, many mentioned that boys might choose to remain bachelors. Most parents commenting on sex roles were basically conservative and assumed girls would be wives and mothers first and professional workers second. Parents also ranked the 12 general outcomes (purposes of education) and the 47 Mediate Goals (manner in which education is accomplished) derived from the interviews. The pattern of priorities indicated that women were more concerned with the day-to-day operation of the school system, stressing discipline, obedience, evaluation of teachers and administrators, and personal development. Men emphasized basic skills, working with others, vocational guidance and training, physical fitness, and equal opportunity. (Author/PFS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association (Albuquerque, New Mexico, May 11-14, 1977)