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ERIC Number: EJ1043664
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1551-0670
Trades and Aides: The Gendering of Vocational Education in Rural Alberta
Taylor, Alison; Servage, Laura; Hamm, Zane
Journal of Research in Rural Education, v29 n8 2014
This article examines two Canadian high school work experience programs that focus on rural youth. The first encourages students to consider work in skilled trades, while the second encourages them to become qualified as healthcare aides. Both programs were designed to encourage high school students to explore careers in fields where labor market shortages were anticipated. Yet as this study shows, they are likely to perpetuate gender-based inequalities in the economic and social mobility of rural youth. We draw on socio-cultural learning theories to show how socialization and workplace practices serve to reinforce gendered participation patterns in healthcare and trades. We conclude with the recommendation that policy related to youth career exploration and work experience include strategies to disrupt social processes that systematically disadvantage rural women.
Penn State University College of Education, Center on Rural Education and Communities. 310B Rackley Building, University Park, PA 16802. Tel: 814-863-2031; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada
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