ERIC Number: ED282133
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Sex-Role Orientation and Attitudes towards Male Day Care Workers.
Wessell, Marja Elizabeth
Although developmental specialists have called for more male teachers in the fields of day care and early education, it is possible that parents with children in day care would be prejudiced against male day care workers. The work sample evaluation technique in which participants are asked to evaluate identical pieces of work was used in a study exploring the issue of parental prejudice against male workers in child care. Parents (N=60) with children attending a day care center read a letter describing a day care facility and then rated the overall quality of the day care center described. Letters for one-half of the subjects were signed by a male day care worker and letters for the other subjects were signed by a female worker. All subjects completed the Bem Sex-Role Inventory and a demographic questionnaire. The results indicated that there was no prejudice exhibited by the parents toward the male day care worker. In addition, the hypothesis that parents who ascribed to androgynous sex roles would exhibit significant differences in child care evaluations from those who ascribed to more stereotypical sex roles was not supported. For this sample of parents, there were no significant biases revealed toward the sex of the day care worker by either sex of the parent or by parent sex role orientation. (Author/NB)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Master's Thesis, Humboldt State University.