ERIC Number: EJ1108971
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Abstractor: As Provided
Barriers Experienced by Male Office Management Students in a Traditionally Nonmale Environment: A Comparative Study
Ferreira, E.; van Antwerpen, S.
Africa Education Review, v9 n2 p249-269 2012
Males are still underrepresented in the office management environment and this article pertains to the tendency to discriminate against men students studying towards administrative and office-related qualifications. The purpose of the study was to determine whether the perceptions (regarding various barriers in executing their studies) of male office management students in a female-dominated occupational career choice have changed since 2002 and to determine the level and quality of guidance received on entering this field. The study encompassed a literature review and empirical surveys (2002 and 2010) which were conducted by means of structured questionnaires. Although there was an overall increase in male office management student numbers, gender discrimination undoubtedly, as well as ineffective or no career guidance still had a negative effect on these individuals and their career choices. Educators and career guidance officers should take every possible measure to reduce all gender segregation and become more sensitive to and actually provide career guidance to students planning to make career choices.
Descriptors: Gender Differences, Males, Office Management, Barriers, Gender Bias, College Students, Gender Discrimination, Career Counseling, Student Needs, Sex Stereotypes, Foreign Countries, Literature Reviews, Surveys, Attitude Measures, Questionnaires, Student Characteristics, Career Choice
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: South Africa
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