ERIC Number: ED359382
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
Study To Examine Student Knowledge and Attitude toward Nontraditional Careers.
Reilly, Linda B.; And Others
A study examined the relationship between knowledge of nontraditional careers and attitudes toward them. The questionnaire administered to 1,755 students from 13 New Jersey school districts was designed to identify the relationship among knowledge of nontraditional careers, attitudes toward females in nontraditional careers, and the following demographic variables: gender, age, race, family income, school type, marital status, parental status, career option, mother's occupation, and father's occupation. Males and females expressed similar attitudes toward nontraditional careers until the age of 16 years, after which males expressed significantly more traditional attitudes than females did. Parents' educational level was also significantly related to attitude toward females in nontraditional careers. Students with parents in professional or self-employed positions were most likely to have positive attitudes about females in nontraditional careers. Most students had moderate to moderately high levels of knowledge about nontraditional careers. Level of knowledge increased with age. Male attitudes regarding females in nontraditional careers became more positive as their level of knowledge about the type of training and salaries associated with nontraditional careers increased, thus confirming the importance of gender equity programs. (The survey questionnaire is included. Contains 11 references.) (MN)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: New Jersey State Dept. of Education, Trenton. Div. of Adult and Occupational Education.
Authoring Institution: Montclair State Coll., Upper Montclair, NJ. Life Skills Center.
Identifiers - Location: New Jersey