Attitudes of Canadian educators toward the changing work patterns of women

Ellsworth, Maureen L. (1992) Attitudes of Canadian educators toward the changing work patterns of women. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Abstract

Investigation of educators’ sex-role attitudes is of particular importance in determining the influence they may have on female students' career choices. The purpose of this study was to assess the attitudes of educators toward career-related aspects of women's changing role in society. Comparisons of subgroups were made on the basis of four independent variables: sex, age, marital status, and location. -- A questionnaire was developed to measure educators’ attitudes toward the changing work patterns of women. It consisted of four subscales: Sexual Equality, Dual Role, Nontraditional and Information/Knowledge. The sample consisted of 287 educators from the Avalon Consolidated Integrated and Terra Nova-Cape Freels Integrated school boards in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. -- A significant difference on the basis of sex was found in all of the subscales as well as the total questionnaire. Females had more egalitarian attitudes than males and were more aware of the financial inequities that many women face in our society. There was a significant difference on the basis of age in the Dual Role and Nontraditional subscales as well as the total scale. Younger respondents (20-29 years) and those aged 30-39 were more egalitarian than older respondents (40 and over). A significant difference based on location was found in the Sexual Equality and Information/Knowledge subscales. Respondents in the urban area were more egalitarian than those in the rural areas and were more aware of the financial inequities that many women face in our society. There was a significant interaction effect between sex and location in the Dual Role and Nontraditional subscales. Urban females were more egalitarian than rural females. There were no significant differences based on marital status. -- Recommendations were made in the areas of future research and intervention strategies.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/4995
Item ID: 4995
Additional Information: Bibliography: leaves 92-105.
Department(s): Education, Faculty of
Date: 1992
Date Type: Submission
Geographic Location: Canada--Newfoundland and Labrador
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Career education--Newfoundland and Labrador ;Women--Employment--Newfoundland and Labrador--Public opinion; Sex role in the work environment--Newfoundland and Labrador--Public opinion; Teachers--Newfoundland and Labrador--Attitudes

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