ERIC Number: ED352119
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Jul-20
Occupational Sex-Role Stereotyping in Elementary Students.
Billings, Sheila K.
A study conducted at Oberlin Elementary School, in Oberlin, Kansas, considered the effects of gender, family structure, parents' socioeconomic status (SES) and education, and grade level on students' tendency to stereotype occupations by sex. The study sample included 164 elementary school children, including 53 second graders, 62 fourth graders, and 49 sixth graders. In the sample, 73 children were girls and 91 boys. The students were asked to indicate for 30 occupations whether men only, women only, or both women and men could do the job. The study found that second graders had significantly higher sex-stereotyping scores than sixth graders. Girls with low SES parents had higher sex-stereotyping scores than girls with high SES parents, but boys with low SES parents had lower sex-stereotyping scores than boys with high SES parents. Neither family structure nor level of parent education was significantly related to sex stereotyping. A 19-item bibliography and the survey instrument are included. (AC)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Master's Thesis, Fort Hays State University.