ERIC Number: ED205676
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Mar
Differences in Occupational Interests for Psychology and Special Education Majors: Function of Gender or Academic Major?
Magnello, M. Eileen; Robinson, Jacques H.
This study attempted to identify the occupational interests and perceived occupational aptitudes of psychology and special education majors. A series of 2 x 2 analyses of variance were performed to determine if these differences were a function of academic major or a function of gender. The study revealed that many of the differences found in occupational interests and perceived occupational aptitude were differences that existed between psychology and special education majors and not necessarily between females and males. Those items that were reflective of academic major (e.g., to work with elementary-age or retarded children) were chosen by special education majors, and were not specifically chosen by females or males. However, the data reflected that the men, in general, had a more favorable perception of their aptitudes than did the women. Current research suggests that some of these perceptions are changing. Therefore, it is suggested that in the selection of an academic major, both males and females should be advised according to their interests and not necessarily to that of any stereotypic gender role function. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Not available in paper copy due to light, broken print. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Educational Research Association (4th, Philadelphia, PA, March 1981).