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ERIC Number: ED414011
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Apr
Pages: 29
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Children's Concepts of Gender and Professions.
Davison, Pamela J.
Past research has shown that young children assimilate the attitudes and concerns of their parents and other figures of authority regarding sex stereotypes. This study was undertaken to: (1) ascertain the prevalence and degree of sex stereotyping in 25 common careers and professions by elementary students; (2) compare all male students to all female students to determine if major differences exist in stereotypic attitudes; and (3) compare fourth- and sixth-grade students to determine if the older students show fewer stereotypic responses. A gender-professions survey was developed and administered to three classes of fourth graders and three classes of sixth graders in three school systems. Results showed that delineation by gender still exists in traditionally stereotyped professions; that males were more rigid in gender/profession assignments, whereas females were more likely to believe that many professions are less gender specific; and that sixth-grade students showed less gender stereotyping that did fourth-grade students. (Contains 26 references.) (EV)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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