ERIC Number: ED237037
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
The Quality of Women's Education at Harvard University. A Survey of Sex Discrimination in the Graduate and Professional Schools.
Women Students' Coalition of Harvard Univ., Cambridge, MA.
The educational experiences of female graduate students at Harvard University were studied. Based on 258 responses from an open-ended questionnaire sent to all graduate women in fall 1979, the kind of sex discrimination that occurs at the university is described. The types of experiences that reduce women's equal educational access are also highlighted. Examples of student responses are included to illustrate the kinds of intended and unconscious actions, remarks, and arrangements that women students consider discriminatory. Discrimination reported focused on difficulties encountered in the process of education, including discriminatory treatment by faculty or colleagues; the omission of the experiences and contributions of women from course materials and research; and insensitivity in structure and administration, including the absence of support services. Most women cited the need for more women professors as the key to solving all three types of problems. The methods of collecting, categorizing, and analyzing the information, and the characteristics of respondents are described. Survey questions and study recommendations are included. (SW)
Descriptors: Ancillary School Services, Course Content, Females, Graduate Study, Higher Education, Peer Relationship, Professional Education, Questionnaires, Sex Bias, Sex Discrimination, Sex Stereotypes, Student Attitudes, Student College Relationship, Student Teacher Relationship, Womens Education
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Women Students' Coalition of Harvard Univ., Cambridge, MA.