ERIC Number: ED438904
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999
Increasing the Awareness of Elementary School-Age Girls to Evidence of Gender Bias through the Use of Self-Awareness and Career-Exploration Groups.
Corfield, Helena C.
Noting that elementary school-age girls are often unaware of gender bias from multiple sources that affect the way they perceive themselves and their future career possibilities, this practicum was designed to increase third- and fifth-grade girls' awareness of evidence of gender bias. Participating in the project were six third graders and six fifth graders from one elementary school located in a middle to upper class residential area. The problem of gender bias was documented by means of observations of teacher-student interaction; student surveys about their classes and parental roles and responsibilities; and examinations of textbooks, newspapers, community recreational opportunities, and popular teen magazines. The eight-month intervention was comprised of weekly small-group meetings in which self-awareness and career-exploration activities were conducted. Gender bias was examined in five areas: bias by teachers, by parents, in textbooks, in sports, and in teen magazines. Data on the effectiveness of the weekly meetings and activities were collected by means of pre- and post-implementation questionnaires and by projects completed by participants. The findings indicated that all the girls who participated in the practicum groups showed increased awareness of gender bias. Almost all indicated increased confidence in their abilities in particular school subjects. All students finished required projects and indicated that the groups were worthwhile and beneficial. (Twenty-three appendices detail results and include data collection forms. Contains 59 references.) (KB)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Ed.D. Practicum II Report, Nova Southeastern University.