Gender Stereotypes and the Role Played by Guidance Counsellors in Accompanying Girls in Atypical Career Choices

By Jeanne d'Arc Gaudet and Isabel Savoie.

Published by The Diversity Collection

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Research on how girls choose their career reveals that they do not make the same choices as boys. Despite a university registration rate of 57.7%, for the 2003-2004 school year, in Canada (Statistics Canada, 2005), girls and women are not very interested in non-traditional occupations for women, for example: technology, mathematics, computer science, sciences, and engineering (Deschênes, 2002; Collini, 2003; Gaudet, 2005). Studies mention that guidance counsellors have a responsibility to equip themselves with intervention models, which will increase their own awareness and better prepare them to guide girls and women. This talk will present research results that, based on the Spain et al. (1994) model, try to answer the following questions: Do guidance counsellors know the trades and professions that are non-traditional for girls and women? How do they help or guide girls and boys? Do they have the same type of influence on the girls as they do on the boys?

Keywords: Education of Women, Social Justice, Equity in School, Training Guidance Counsellors, Feminist Education

International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 7, Issue 3, pp.19-26. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 529.856KB).

Dr. Jeanne d'Arc Gaudet

Secondary Education and Counselling, Université de Moncton, Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada

Ph. D. in education and full professor at the Université de Moncton. Besides teaching, professor Gaudet is very active in research, and sits on a number of committees within University and also on boards at the provincial as well as national level. As a university professor, she has presented communications to national and international scientific conferences and has written many articles, book chapters, research reports and two books. In 1992, The Federation of University Professors in her region recognized the role played by Dr Gaudet on gender issues at University as well as in the community and awarded her with the Nicole Raymond award, a prestigious award, for the quality of her work.

Isabel Savoie

Student, Secondary Education and Counselling, Université de Moncton, Moncton, Nouveau-Brunswick, Canada

Isabel is completing her master's programe in School Counselling education at the Université de Moncton. She already has completed a bachelor's degree in Psychology at the same University.

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