ERIC Number: ED283049
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
Reference Count: 0
New Roles for Men and Women. A Report on an Educational Intervention with College Students.
Catalyst, New York, NY.
A study examined college students' attitudes about career and family roles for men and women and investigated the potential effect on these attitudes of specially designed interactive curricular materials. A total of 377 students (152 males and 225 females) from six diverse college campuses located throughout the country voluntarily participated in a field study of a newly developed set of curriculum materials focusing on career and family values. Pre- and posttests were used to gather demographic, evaluative, and attitudinal data. The students' initial attitudes about such issues as career motivation, parenthood, the difficulties experienced by working couples, and plans to take parental leave indicated that the students of both sexes "wanted it all." Students of both sexes originally had a somewhat narrow view of the problems involved in developing and maintaining careers, and their initial recognition of the trade-offs involved in combining work and family was rather limited. The responses obtained after exposure to the interventional curriculum materials showed an increased awareness of workplace realities (in particular, the fact that getting ahead depends not only on high performance but also on awareness of office culture variables), and it appeared that some basic assumptions about male and female roles had been challenged. (Appendixes include supplementary information on the study's design and methodology; supplemental demographics, expectations, and evaluations; a sample syllabus; and a sample Catalyst exercise on values, goals, and priorities.) (MN)
Descriptors: Attitude Change, Career Choice, College Students, Curriculum Development, Dual Career Family, Employed Parents, Family Attitudes, Higher Education, Instructional Materials, Intervention, Nontraditional Occupations, Outcomes of Education, Pretests Posttests, Sex Differences, Sex Fairness, Sex Role, Sex Stereotypes, Student Attitudes
Catalyst, Dept. CR1, 250 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10003 ($9.95).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek, MI.
Authoring Institution: Catalyst, New York, NY.
Note: This report was made possible by a grant from RJR Nabisco.