ERIC Number: ED405507
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
Female Educators and Students Assess Gender Equity in Technology Education. A Survey of Women Involved in Technology Education.
Flowers, James C.
A Virginia study documented the attitudes and experiences of women in technology education (TE) concerning obstacles to TE as a career choice. Reasons for entering the profession revealed a general enthusiasm for technology teaching. The support network included college professors and advisors, parents, technology teachers, spouse, and "myself." Guidance counselors were cited as exerting the most negative influence; the most frequently cited situational obstacle was little or no TE in high school. Positive influences on remaining a technology teacher were students and fellow technology teachers; the most negative marks were associated with school administrators and fellow technology teachers. Ideas for attracting females to the profession were female role models, TE in earlier grades, reducing gender bias, and better promotion of TE. Strategies suggested to retain teachers were support groups, recognition from male peers, and elimination of stereotypes. Respondents felt if the physical and curricular environments became more attractive to potential teachers and secondary school students, female enrollment would improve. Recommendations for gender equity improvement were as follows: fight sexism, change the curriculum, recruit, educate, listen, support, offer financial incentives, and make the job more pleasurable. (Appendixes include survey methodology, current job status of women in technology education, responses to survey items, and instrument.) (YLB)
Descriptors: College Students, Educational Research, Equal Opportunities (Jobs), Females, High Schools, Higher Education, Sex Fairness, State Surveys, Statewide Planning, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Education, Teacher Persistence, Teacher Recruitment, Teaching Conditions, Teaching (Occupation), Technology Education
Virginia Vocational Curriculum and Resource Center, 2200 Mountain Road, Glen Allen, VA 23060-2208 ($10).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Virginia State Dept. of Education, Richmond. Office of Vocational, Adult, and Employment Training Services.
Authoring Institution: Henrico County Public Schools, Glen Allen, VA. Virginia Vocational Curriculum and Resource Center.
Identifiers - Location: Virginia