ERIC Number: ED226113
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982
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Teachers' Perceptions of Predicted Career Success of Students Who Choose Nontraditional Occupational Careers.
Epler, Doris M.
A study analyzed the way teachers perceive potential employment success for nontraditional students. The study population consisted of a stratified random selection of 120 non-vocational and 64 vocational teachers from schools in Berks County, Pennsylvania. To measure the teachers' sex bias and dogmatism, the researcher used a case study approach. The teachers were asked to predict the career success of four sets of hypothetical students who aspired to careers listed in the United States Office of Education's publication "Nontraditional Vocational Careers." Two of the careers (cosmetology and health assistant) were considered nontraditional for boys in secondary situations, and the other two (auto mechanics and masonry) were chosen as careers that are nontraditional for girls. Among those items examined in the survey were the background of the teachers, their openmindedness, and their predictions of the students' career success in both good and bad economic times. Data revealed that the teachers who held the highest degrees exhibited the most dogmatic and sex-biased behaviors. Other factors linked to higher levels of bias were higher socioeconomic status of the teachers' mothers and employment in an urban environment. Generally, the teachers perceived success for the male nontraditional students more consistently than for the females. (MN)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania