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ERIC Number: ED416325
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Dec
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
Gender Facts: A Moral Dilemma.
Gloeckner, Gene W.
Technology education has a long history of attempting to make female students comfortable with the field. Although there has been limited success in recruiting females into the field, the situation is much more positive than it was 75 years ago, when girls were often forbidden to take "manual training" classes. A 1980 Montana report on gender bias in technical education in the state showed less than 10 percent female enrollment in every technical area except graphic arts (where there were 51 percent females). Today, there is still a disparity between males and females in technology education and other technical fields. Among technology teachers, only about 7 percent are female. In most high school subjects the gender differences are striking, with less than 15 percent female enrollment in technology courses. Middle school data, however, show gains in female students in the technical fields. In higher education, more females than males are earning associate's and bachelor's degrees, whereas the reverse is true for doctoral degrees and professional degrees. Far more males than females are earning degrees in the technological fields. Although technology education has come a long way in 75 years, much more progress needs to be made in making technology education acceptable and accessible for girls and women. (Contains 13 references and a gender quiz with answer key.) (KC)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the American Vocational Association Convention (Las Vegas, NV, December 1997).