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ERIC Number: EJ1006629
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jun
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0001-8791
Changing (S)Expectations: How Gender Fair Job Descriptions Impact Children's Perceptions and Interest regarding Traditionally Male Occupations
Vervecken, Dries; Hannover, Bettina; Wolter, Ilka
Journal of Vocational Behavior, v82 n3 p208-220 Jun 2013
Children's occupational interests and their perceptions of the divergent occupational successes of women and men reflect cultural gender norms. Since language is a vehicle for transporting gender cues and gender norms, we tested the premise that children's perceptions of stereotypically male jobs can be influenced by the linguistic form used to present an occupational title. Three experiments with 809 primary school students suggest that occupations presented in pair form (e.g., Ingenieurinnen und Ingenieure, female and male engineers), compared to descriptions using the generic masculine form (e.g., Ingenieure), generally increase the mental accessibility of female jobholders, promote more gender-balanced perceptions of the success of males and females, and strengthen girls' interest in stereotypically male occupations. (Contains 1 figure and 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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