ERIC Number: ED277813
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Aug
Reference Count: 0
The Influence of Parents on the Educational and Occupational Decision Making of Their Children: Reducing Sex Role Stereotyping in Vocational Education.
Young, Priscilla M.
Parents, peers, teachers, counselors, and siblings all exert an influence on the educational and occupational decisions made by students. Of all these of persons, however, parents have the greatest influence. Mothers are the major influence on their daughters' career aspirations and choice, whereas fathers are the primary influence on their sons' career decisions. Because children see their parents as role models, parental encouragement or discouragement is highly significant in influencing children toward nontraditional careers. The literature indicates that the way to break down barriers keeping males and females from entering nontraditional classes and careers is to present parents and children alike with factual employment opportunity information and inform them of the necessary skills, abilities, and aptitudes necessary for various careers and also to help parents realize their effect as a major role model in the children's career-related decision making. Therefore, teachers, counselors, and administrators should involve parents in school-based career education/career guidance programs; be trained to increase parents' ability to help in their children's career decision making; increase students' awareness of nontraditional careers; use various media to show nontraditional workers; actively recruit, encourage, and welcome nontraditional students in all classes; invite workers from nontraditional occupations from the local community to make presentations to classes and parents; have parent workshops to train them to reinforce nonstereotypic activities; and invite employers to classes to speak on the various qualities they are seeking in candidates for different jobs. A three-page list of references concludes the document. (MN)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Wyoming State Dept. of Education, Cheyenne.
Authoring Institution: Wyoming Univ., Laramie. Coll. of Education.