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ERIC Number: ED260819
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Mar
Pages: 8
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Sex Stereotype Effects on Children's Ability Generalizations.
Cann, Arnie; Palmer, Susan
Children's ability to make logical generalizations when their sex stereotyped expectations are challenged was assessed. Participants were 45 elementary school children ranging in age from 84 to 122 months, with an average age of 103 months. There were 22 males and 23 females in the sample. Activities were rated by college students as more likely to be engaged in by boys or by girls. A total of 16 female pairs and 16 male pairs of activities were selected for presentation to the children. The 32 pairs of activities were arranged in four replications of eight possible combinations (sex of superior child X sex of inferior child X sex type of activity pair). Simple line drawings of children were used as stimuli during the questioning; drawings were of two same sex children or two opposite sex children, depending upon the trial. On each trial, the experimenter indicated the child on the right in the picture was better than the child on the left in performing the first activity in the pair. The child was then asked to indicate which of the two was likely to be better at the second activity. Results indicate that children's inferences about the generalizability of skills are strongly biased by their sex stereotypes. (RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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