ERIC Number: ED155330
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Jun
Reference Count: 0
A Woman's Place.
In 1974, as part of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) survey in writing, 4,600 17-year-old high school students were asked to write an essay defending their position on women's place in the home. About half responded that it should be a women's choice whether to be a homemaker, career woman, or both. About twenty percent said women should be allowed to work under certain conditions, such as when they do not have children. Nearly thirty percent said women definitely belong at home. Predictably, more females than males felt that women should have a choice about working. In addition, attitudes and reasons given for staying at home were examined extensively. Findings suggest that many young American women are uncertain about their future roles in society; new and broadening job opportunities for women are encouraging career aspirations that conflict directly with traditional values. Writing ability was also measured and classified as inadequate, barely adequate, competent, or excellent. More than half the 17-year-olds could write competently or better. About thirty percent, however, did not show an understanding of the basic methods of persuasive writing. (TA) Primary type of information provided by report: Results (Selective) (Sex).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO.