Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name





Education, Educational Psychology.




Vocational bias can be defined as an implicit assumption that certain careers are more appropriate for one gender than another. Study 1 examined vocational bias from a student's perspective. More specifically, this study addressed the careers to which Canadian undergraduates currently aspire, individuals who influence these choices, students' career confidence, and principally, recent experiences with high school counsellors. In particular, the occupational choices of female students were focused on, especially in the context of previous experience with counsellors. As well, the types of extracurricular activities students participate in were examined. Study 2 examined vocational bias from the perspective of teachers. Teachers were more likely to agree with and encourage the nontraditional female as compared to the nontraditional male aspirant. The traditionality of the student did not appear to greatly influence any biases teachers may have had regarding the careers of males and females. Further, teachers' gender did not yield a significant main effect or any significant interaction effects on any of the dependent variables. (Abstract shortened by UMI.)Dept. of Psychology. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis1990 .T654. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 30-03, page: 0459. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 1990.