ERIC Number: ED221521
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Preservice Teachers: Knowledge & Attitudes about Women.
Gillis, M. K.; Griffin, Barbara
Preservice teachers' attitudes toward the roles of women in society and their knowledge about women and the world of work were examined. Three groups each consisting of 30 undergraduate education students majoring in early childhood education, elementary education, and secondary education were surveyed. Questionnaire responses were analyzed to determine: (1) How knowledgeable are today's preservice teachers about women and the world of work? (2) What are their attitudes toward women's roles in society? (3) Are there differences among education majors in knowledge and attitudes? and (4) What is the relationship between knowledge and attitude? The results indicated that the preservice teachers were moderately knowledgeable about women and the world of work and moderately accepting of nontraditional, sex-fair roles for women. There were no significant differences in responses based upon the students' chosen education major. There was a moderate positive relationship between knowledge and attitudes for each of the groups. Teacher educators should focus attention on assisting future teachers in becoming aware of sex role attitudes and the subsequent impact these attitudes have on students' achievement aspirations and career and life choices. (JD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the International Reading Association (27th, Chicago, IL, April 1982).