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An evaluation of the effectiveness of a course in sex role stereotyping and the socialization process Richardson, Ann


This research study was designed to evaluate the effectiveness of a course in sex role stereotyping in terms of increased awareness and attitudinal changes of the participants. Sex role stereotypes are pervasive and restricting to individuals in Canadian society. As powerful socializing agents, schools can be important facilitators in changing societal notions of sex role standards. This study describes the effects of an interdisciplinary course in socialization and sex role stereotyping for Grades 10 and 11. The study concludes that the course was effective in achieving its stated objectives. The participants increased their awareness of the stereotyping process and perceived the restricting effects of narrowly defined sex roles. The results also showed that the participants perceived the roles of males and females in a more socially androgynous context as compared to the control group.

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