Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science


Liberal Studies

First Advisor

Ruth L. Meese, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Terry L. Overton, Ed.D.

Third Advisor

Peggy L. Tarpley, Ph.D.


This was a qualitative study conducted at an employment service organization in Central Virginia. The researcher examined.supervisor for perceptions of gender bias on the vocational training of client employees, through the use of interviews and observation. Four interviews were conducted with supervisors at the employment service organization. Results indicated three themes: gender roles are changing so no gender bias exists, placed by interest into jobs, and no physical strength requirement. Interrater reliability was calculated by two experts. The policy manual for the employment service organization was examined for gender specific vocational training procedures. Also the researcher observed the frequencies of males and females working in different training stations. A t:wo-way chi square was calculated to determine the observed and expected frequencies. The chi square was statistically significant at the .05 level.



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