Gender Stereotyping of Occupations among Secondary School Teachers

Authors : Constance Chifamba

Volume/Issue : Volume 4 - 2019, Issue 10 - October

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A descriptive survey was carried out to find out the perceptions of Secondary School teachers studying with Solusi University on gender stereotyping of occupations. A questionnaire was distributed to 118 purposively sampled participants comprising of 56.8% males and 43.2% females. Data was analyzed using SPSS. The findings of this study indicated that both male and female secondary school teachers adults hold relatively similar beliefs about classifying occupations as “male”, ” female” or “unisex”. The reason cited by the majority of the respondents for categorizing occupations as masculine, feminine or unisex is the physiological differences between male and females while some of the respondents classified occupations based on gender equality, and some classified occupations according to societal and cultural expectations. Few respondents cited other reasons of little significance. The study recommends that secondary school teachers be encouraged to use this information in providing career guidance to secondary school students so they can make informed decisions about subject selection and career decision.

Keywords : Gender: sexual category or characteristics related to masculinity or femininity.  Occupation-: Job, work or profession. What one occupies themselves with for a wage, salary or a living.  Stereotype: grouping or categorizing items or individuals together and making a judgment about them without knowing them.  Unisex career: career which is generally considered suitable for either males or females


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