ERIC Number: ED165826
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
Sex Bias in Traditionally Male Occupational Programs.
Bakshis, Robert; Godshalk, James
To evaluate potential sources of female sex bias and sex stereotyping within traditionally male occupational programs at the College of DuPage, programs with low female enrollment were selected for study: air conditioning and refrigeration, architectural drafting, auto service, building construction, criminal justice, electronics, fire science, graphic arts, manufacturing technology, plastics, and supermarket management. A three-part research design surveyed (1) men and women randomly selected from all winter 1978 registrants, (2) women enrolled in the specified occupational programs, and (3) occupational coordinators. Findings indicated that parents, friends, and childhood experiences ranked highest as sources of women's initial interest in the non-traditional occupational programs. Most of these women planned further study in their field either at the college or a four-year institution. All groups indicated that they did not believe their sex precluded their entry into college programs. Potential sources of sex bias at the college were consistently rated lower than potential sources of sex bias outside the college. Published materials such as textbooks, occupational literature and information about programs were rated as having the greatest potential for sex bias. Half of the occupational coordinators reported that there were places in their programs for women, but the other half felt opportunities were limited based on physical ability. (Author/MB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, IL.