Author

Shannon Riley

Date of Award

1991

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Department

Psychology

Abstract

The existence of sex discrimination in American college classrooms, and the harmful effects of such discrimination on women students have been well established. The present study sought to determine if exposure to women's education could aid students in overcoming some of these deleterious effects. Twenty-eight female introductory psychology students and eleven women's studies students read various pieces of research and discussed the readings in experimental sessions. The introductory psychology students in the control group were educated about various well documented gender differences, while the introductory psychology and women's studies students in the experimental groups learned about sex discrimination in college classrooms. Subjects completed questionnaires asking about discriminatory behavior in their classes. Results showed that subjects exposed to feminist education had a higher awareness of several types of sex biased behavior in the college setting.

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