ERIC Number: ED215161
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
Equity from a Vocational Education Research Perspective. Research and Development Series No. 214E.
Eliason, Nancy Carol
Female participation continues to increase in postsecondary vocational education and the labor market. This growth has paralleled increased funding under the Vocational Education Amendments of 1976 for sex-equity related research and demonstration activities. Funding has not, however, kept pace with needs of institutions trying to ensure equal access to all students. Administrators must assess the financial success of sex equity programs. Institutional policy developers should reassess policies to ensure access to equity in vocational education. Hidden barriers for adult women in institutional admission practices include less financial assistance and college catalogs designed to perpetuate sex stereotyping. Reentry women have different problems than typical students do--conflict between traditional and nontraditional roles, lack of confidence in abilities--for which they require support systems. Career counselors for these women must overcome personal biases concerning womens' role in careers. Other barriers to entering nontraditional occupational training are sexual harassment, family pressures and adjustments, self-image, and parental influence. A plan for developing a program for dealing with female vocational needs should include a community-based advisory committee, workable timetable, 12 month funding, staff selection and training, outreach recruitment, selection of counseling models, financial aid options, public relations campaign, ongoing evaluation, and research component. (YLB)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Demonstration Programs, Educational Opportunities, Educational Research, Equal Education, Equal Opportunities (Jobs), Females, Nontraditional Occupations, Nontraditional Students, Postsecondary Education, Reentry Students, Sex Discrimination, Vocational Education, Womens Education
The National Center for Research in Vocational Education, National Center Publications, Box F, 1960 Kenny Rd., Columbus, OH 43210 (RD214E, $2.35; set of 17 papers, RD214, $30.00; Equity in Vocational Education, RD213, $5.50. Quantity discounts available).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. National Center for Research in Vocational Education.
Note: For related documents see CE 031 915-932.