ERIC Number: ED244001
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
Non-Sexist Elementary Education: A Research Report and Teacher's Guide. Research Monograph No. 34.
Part I of this two-part document consists of a report on a study designed to measure the effects of a nonsexist classroom on the sex role attitudes of first graders. Part II is a teacher's guide to the nonsexist classroom program itself. The sex role attitudes of three groups of children--an experimental group from an open classroom, and two control groups from an open classroom and a traditional classroom respectively--were tested; the experimental group was then exposed to a seven-month intervention program. Findings show that after exposure to this program the sex role attitudes of the experimental group were significantly less stereotypic than those of either control group. No differences were found between the effects of open and traditional classrooms upon children's sex role beliefs. Findings of a follow-up study done a year later show that the intervention program had enduring effects although experimental boys had become more stereotypic than experimental girls. Following this study report, the document describes (for teachers) the intervention program, offering suggestions for eliminating sexism in three broad areas: teacher behavior, classroom environment and curriculum, and student behavior. Appended are the sex role attitudes inventory used in the study, validation ratings for the inventory, and "sexism in the classroom" awareness activities for the teacher. (CMG)
Descriptors: Attitude Change, Childhood Attitudes, Class Organization, Classroom Environment, Curriculum Development, Elementary Education, Grade 1, Open Education, Program Effectiveness, Self Contained Classrooms, Sex Differences, Sex Role, Sex Stereotypes, Student Behavior, Teacher Behavior, Teacher Influence
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Florida Univ., Gainesville. P. K. Yonge Lab. School.
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