Overcoming Gender Stereotypes: A Depiction of Six Swedish Students in Non-Traditional Fields

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Publication Bachelor thesis
Title Overcoming Gender Stereotypes: A Depiction of Six Swedish Students in Non-Traditional Fields
Author Arán, Paula Daniella
Date 2020
English abstract
The study investigates the factors that encouraged six Swedish students to choose a female or male-dominated field of study in higher education. This is of interest as gender norms and stereotypes may inflict and limit students' educational choices. The purpose is likewise to elucidate the educational choices from a gender perspective. The study explores two questions: “Which factors may have encouraged the students to opt for a non-traditional career?” “How can the students’ educational choices be understood from a gender perspective?”. To fulfil the purpose and question of issue a qualitative method was used, including female and male students aged 22–36. For the analyse of the interviews, the study relies on the theoretical framework of Linda Gottfredson – The Theory of Circumscription, Compromise and Self-Creation, Social Cognitive Career Theory (SCCT) by Lent, Brown & Hackett and The Stereotypical Gender Contract by Hirdman. The results indicate that students' non-traditional educational choices consist of both internal and external factors. On the one hand, it is possible to find explanations in upbringings that have been more tolerant regarding gender roles. It has also been shown that several of the students in various ways have been exposed to the profession through past experiences. Nevertheless, there are also personal motives that led to the choice of education as well as a supportive network in form of family members and significant persons in the environment. From a gender perspective, this means that the students, through their upbringing, where it appears to have been less strict attitudes concerning gender roles, also contributed to less restrictions on their educational choice. On the other hand, the results imply that harmful gender norms and stereotypes still affect students’ choice of occupation why more work is needed in order to stop these negative patterns.
Publisher Malmö universitet/Lärande och samhälle
Language eng (iso)
Subject STEM
HEED
Higher Education
Equal Education
Career Choice
Gender
Non-traditional
Decision-making
Gender norms
Gender roles
Gender stereotypes
Gender differences
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/32807 Permalink to this page
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