ERIC Number: ED207975
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974
What do Teachers Really Want?: Sex-Role Stereotyping and the Elementary Classroom Teacher.
A sex-role stereotype questionnaire, consisting of 38 bipolar personality trait items and regarding appropriate careers and social roles for men and women, was administered to 82 elementary teachers who volunteered to complete it. Teachers were instructed to describe their ideal female and male adult. This study sought to determine if teachers, following the general tendency, would value stereotypic masculine traits more highly than feminine traits, and perhaps reinforce in their students a view of society that accepts a double standard for male and female behavior. It was expected that the teachers would not stereotype by sex, but would describe both male and female ideals as characterized by the 27 socially valued masculine stereotypic traits and the 11 socially valued feminine stereotypic traits. Using an established measure of sex-role stereotyping, the teachers described ideal adult males and females as being alike on 37 of the 38 traditionally sex-specific bipolar personality traits. The profile of an ideal adult emerged as more androgynous than sex-stereotyped. The study suggests that some teachers have begun to question the rigid sex-role stereotypes which have been a persistent feature of the culture. (JD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bureau of School Systems (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Research was conducted in cooperation with Project Equality, which was supported by a Title III (ESEA) Planning and Operational Grant.