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ERIC Number: ED268690
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Apr
Pages: 5
Abstractor: N/A
Promote Sex Equity in Vocational Education.
Montgomery, Mary Jean
Updating School Board Policies, v17 n4 p1-3 Apr 1986
Before students will pursue nontraditional careers, they must be convinced that there are good reasons to break into vocational fields previously identified as the domains of the opposite sex. The failure of girls to become involved in traditionally male vocational education courses may indicate that the courses are no longer relevant and are only attended by boys for social or other reasons not related to practical concerns. Schools that consciously try not to discourage enrollment in nontraditional courses may still fail to encourage such enrollment sufficiently. Teachers may also discourage enrollment by treating male and female students differently. School boards are responsible for promoting sex equity and must go beyond the mere meeting of minimum standards. Among the strategies that can be used are communicating equity needs to school personnel and the community at large, reviewing teaching materials for nonvocational classes that may reflect sex-biased attitudes toward vocational choice, hiring women or men to teach courses traditionally taken by the other sex, appointing a citizens' advisory committee, obtaining grants, and perhaps holding an annual "nontraditional job fair." Progress toward equity should be measured by monitoring enrollments and student attitudes. (PGD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A