ERIC Number: ED163201
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Sex Differences in Cooperative Education: A Study of Sex Stereotyping Related to Selected Institutional, Employer, and Cooperative Education Program Characteristics.
Heller, Barbara R.; Gross, Linda
The purpose of this investigation was to examine the kinds of things males and females do on their first co-operative job, how they perceive their working conditions and responsibilities, and how their performance is viewed by their employers. There were 272 college students in the sample. Sexes were fairly evenly represented, but the male-female ratio differed by curriculum and job placement. Students' workday activities information was collected on a student placement log and supplemented by a student questionnaire. The final instrument was a supervisor's evaluation checklist. A comparison of what males and females do on a typical work day did not reveal many differences. Most students of both sexes viewed each thing they did on the job as an appropriate activity. Supervisors tended to rate females higher than males on general work habits and compliance with company policies. In most cases supervisors tended to attribute similar personal characteristics to male and female students. An interesting comparison is that of students' self-assessment of their abilities in relation to supervisors' ratings. More males than females felt competent in most work activities. In contrast, when supervisors rated performance on many of these same activities, females were usually rated as having done better than males. (CSS)
Descriptors: College Students, Cooperative Education, Cooperative Programs, Employed Women, Employee Attitudes, Employer Attitudes, Employer Employee Relationship, Females, Institutional Characteristics, Job Satisfaction, Job Skills, Males, Program Evaluation, Questionnaires, Sex Differences, Sex Role, Sex Stereotypes, Work Attitudes, Work Environment, Work Experience Programs
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: City Univ. of New York, NY. Inst. for Research and Development in Occupational Education.
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