ERIC Number: ED187893
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Summary of Results and Handbook of Ideas to Reduce Sex Stereotyping in Vocational Education and Students' Career Choices.
Lynch, Maureen V.
This final report of Project OPTION (Opening People to Increasing Opportunities Now) is also a handbook including methods used in the project and suitable for replication. The first section outlines the design of the project, whose goals were to reduce the influence of sex-role stereotyping on students' career choices, increase awareness of negative consequences of sex bias, and promote sex-fair and sex-affirmative teaching strategies and programs. In the next section results of three surveys of attitudes and career/life plans are presented: initial survey of middle school students; attitudes-toward-sex-roles survey of eighth-grade students, their parents, and teachers; and comparison of traditional and non-traditional students toward sex roles and life and career plans. The third section presents strategies for reducing sex-role stereotyping and increasing awareness of career options--activities for middle school students, inservice teacher training models, strategies for counselors, strategies for administrators, involving parents, involving employers and community groups, suggested activities for high school students, and publicity strategies. The fourth section contains a step-by-step account of how to set up a resource center. Enrollment statistics and results of a final questionnaire are then presented. Final sections include planned followup activities and conclusions. Sample project materials and surveys are appended. (YLB)
Descriptors: Attitude Measures, Career Awareness, Career Choice, Career Planning, Learning Activities, Middle Schools, Nontraditional Occupations, Parent Attitudes, Questionnaires, Secondary Education, Sex Bias, Sex Fairness, Sex Role, Sex Stereotypes, Student Attitudes, Surveys, Teacher Attitudes, Teaching Methods, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Massachusetts State Dept. of Education, Boston. Div. of Occupational Education.
Authoring Institution: Shawsheen Valley Regional Vocational-Technical High School, Billerica, MA.