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ERIC Number: ED167742
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Occupational Choice: Do Traditional and Non-Traditional Women Differ?
Kane, Roslyn D.; Frazee, Pamela
A national survey of women in nontraditional, mixed, and traditional occupational training at area vocational technical schools was conducted to determine the factors which influence women to enter nontraditional training and how they differ from those of traditional women. It was found that women have difficulty selecting a nontraditional vocational program and that this problem is compounded by the pressure on women to choose academic preparation. Interest was the single most powerful force influencing women in their selection of vocational training. Ability in the occupational area was second, and earnings came third. Career education, career orientation, and job site visitation were considered more useful counseling techniques than individual counseling, vocational testing, or group counseling. Educational personnel did not have a great impact on the career decision making of students. Counselors and teachers had more influence on traditional women than on nontraditional women. Parents were the most influential group for nontraditional students. Employment of women in related occupations simultaneous to their vocational training was an extremely important factor in improving their education and training. The largest single problem identified by women was the problem of men adjusting to women in their classroom, particularly if there were very few women in the classroom. (LMS)
Descriptors: Career Choice, Career Development, Counseling Effectiveness, Educational Opportunities, Enrollment Influences, Females, High School Students, National Surveys, Nontraditional Occupations, Parent Influence, Regional Schools, Secondary Education, Social Influences, Student Problems, Teacher Influence, Vocational Education, Vocational Interests, Vocational Schools, Womens Education
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Women's Bureau (DOL), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: RJ Associates, Inc., Arlington, VA.