ERIC Number: ED263465
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Overcoming Barriers for Displaced Homemakers in Nontraditional Occupations. A Manual of Strategies.
Far West Lab. for Educational Research and Development, San Francisco, CA.
This manual examines problems the displaced homemaker encounters on the job and offers strategies which vocational educators, counselors, and other service providers can suggest to nontraditional students for overcoming these problems. A brief overview of the displaced homemaker is provided and the term "nontraditional occupation" is defined. An exercise is provided which allows the user to understand his agency and how it serves displaced homemakers in nontraditional occupations. A section on barriers identifies barriers in several areas that displaced homemakers may face and a section on strategies presents a table which matches those barriers with suggested strategies for overcoming them. Barriers in attitudes and expectations are countered by strategies involving role models and peer support. Suggestions for strategies for overcoming financial barriers in the areas of transportation, child care, and job placement are included. To counter barriers in background knowledge and experience, strategies are suggested which involve special workshops and courses, hands-on experience, and publicity. Information and physical training are recommended for dealing with barriers related to physical capabilities. Suggestions for handling sexual harassment are given that involve monitoring the environment, the use of awareness sessions and other practical mechanisms, and assertiveness training. An exercise on changing the situation is provided as a guide for developing an action plan to help displaced homemakers in nontraditional occupations cope with identified barriers. This manual concludes with a list of 18 resources, facilitator notes, and a suggested workshop agenda. (NRB)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: California State Dept. of Education, Sacramento.
Authoring Institution: Far West Lab. for Educational Research and Development, San Francisco, CA.