ERIC Number: ED156949
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Attitudes Toward Sex-Role Differentiation in Secondary Education.
Silver, Paula F.; Davis, William J.
To the extent that equalization of opportunities for females and males requires socialization or re-socialization of massive numbers of people, the education system has a vital function in approaching the new ideal. Since the education system is explicitly designed to bring about behavioral and attitudinal change in young members of society, its impact on the rate of adoption of new patterns of sex role behavior can be immense. This is especially true of secondary schooling, since it is during the adolescent years that sexuality increases markedly, personal skills and talents most noticeably emerge, and career and vocational decisions determine each individual's course of action for years after. Educators attitudes toward sex role differentiation are a matter of growing concern for practicing school administrators, for these attitudes are likely to affect administrative plans, change strategies, and actions directed toward compliance with Title IX and related legislation. A sample of 862 administrators, teachers, and other professional staff from 15 midwestern public high schools was given the Attitudes Toward Sex Role Differentiation in Education questionnaire. The results suggest that there are six independent dimensions of attitudes toward sex role differentiation. Significant differences were found among groups based upon demographic attributes. Implications for developing change strategies are mentioned. (Author/JEL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Toronto, Ontario, CANADA, March, 1978); Best Copy Available