ERIC Number: ED304564
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
Nontraditional Occupations: A Status Report. Trends and Issues Alerts.
To assess the effect of the efforts to encourage the selection of nontraditional occupations, Vetter examined the extent of change in enrollment patterns of girls and women in vocational education for the period 1972-82. In the traditionally male programs of agricultural, technical, and trade and industry education, the number and percentage of female students had increased. The growth was primarily due to increased enrollment of women in such traditional programs as cosmetology (categorized in trade and industry) and in data processing (technical), although increases were documented in such trade and industry areas as commercial photography, drafting, graphic arts, and law enforcement. The traditionally female areas of occupational home economics and office occupations showed an increase in male student enrollment. Despite the advances in nontraditional enrollments, women and men who enroll in nontraditional programs faced a number of problems, including sex bias and stereotyping; harassment; lack of support by family, school personnel, and peers; lack of guidance programs; lack of role models; and job placement. (Twenty-seven print resources provide more information about nontraditional occupations and vocational education. Groups and organizations that support entry into nontraditional occupations are listed.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Displaced Homemakers, Educational Research, Enrollment Rate, Enrollment Trends, Equal Education, Females, Males, Nontraditional Occupations, Nontraditional Students, Occupational Home Economics, Office Occupations Education, Postsecondary Education, Secondary Education, Sex Fairness, Trade and Industrial Education, Vocational Education
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; Reference Materials - Directories/Catalogs
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult, Career, and Vocational Education, Columbus, OH.