ERIC Number: ED262244
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Reference Count: 0
Places in the System: New Directions for the Vocational Education of Rural Women. Occasional Paper No. 108.
Over the last 20 years, changes in the American culture and the perceptions of women's roles have altered the impact of work on rural women. These changes have altered new needs for vocational preparation and job structures. The "new feminism" has caught rural women in a double bind. They are participants in a modern society saturated with the new ambitions of women, while they are among the most conservative and traditional people. Rural women find juggling home and career more difficult than metropolitan women for two primary reasons: lack of commercial support systems and deterioration of the traditional community system in rural areas. To alleviate the problems of the rural working women, two things should be done. First, thinking about rural women's occupations needs to be reoriented. Since rural women avoid nontraditional occupations, women should be given access to interstitial occupations. Women need help in identifying possibilities and determining those ideas that are feasible for them. Second, delivery systems should be reoriented to provide accessible and appropriate vocational preparation to rural women. Three alternative ways to prepare women for interstitial occupations are community apprenticeships, school-based enterprises, and network-based training and support services. (Questions and answers are appended.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Apprenticeships, Displaced Homemakers, Employed Women, Females, Job Development, Nontraditional Education, Rural Areas, Rural Population, Sex Role, Vocational Education
National Center Publications, National Center for Research in Vocational Education, 1960 Kenny Road, Columbus, OH 43210-1090 (OC108--$2.75).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. National Center for Research in Vocational Education.