ERIC Number: ED303511
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Nov
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Another Look at Second Graders Occupational Choices: Five Years Later.
George, G. Yvetta; Schaer, Barbara B.
The occupational choices of second graders were studied, 5 years after some initial studies had determined the sex stereotyped nature of their choices. The sample of 266 male and 226 female second graders included children from upper and lower socioeconomic strata. Children were asked what they wanted to be when they grew up and had to indicate their preferences among 17 job categories. Teaching was the choice of 77 children. Homemaker was an unpopular choice, with only one male choosing that career. Students, especially males, still selected sex stereotyped careers, although females selected a wider variety of jobs than did those in 1983 or 1971. More males chose police officer and firefighter, while more females chose careers in teaching, nursing, and entertaining. The most androgynous choices were lawyer, doctor, and service jobs. Two tables present the children's responses. (SLD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (Louisville, KY, November 9-11, 1988).