Governor's Institute for Career Education and Work
Male and Female Roles
Governor’s Institute for Career Education and Work Activity
by Greg Tomevi, Pat
and Debbie Foust
Male and Female Roles
- 13.1.3 B Changing roles of
men & women in the home and workplace
- RWSL Standards
- 1.1.3 A,B,D,G; 1.2.3A,B; 1.4.3B, 1.5.3A,B,F; 1.6.3A,B,D,E
||Identifying the changing roles
of men and women at home and in the workplace.
||Career To Work, Reading,
Writing, Speaking, Listening
|Other standards supported
- PDE – Developmental Guidance Goals
- PDE – Career Education Standards
- National Career Development
||Two 45 minute sessions
||The Learner will be able to
describe how the roles of men/women are changing at home and in the
||Guest Speakers, vocabulary list,
chalkboard, chalk, bulletin board, career story
|Detailed Activity Steps
For homework students are to
come prepared with a minimum of 3 questions in writing, they would like
to ask the speaker.
- Introduce the idea that there
are many different types of jobs/careers in the workplace.
- List on the board some of the
new or unfamiliar vocabulary words that will be mentioned in the story
and during discussion. (gender, occupation, workplace)
- Read a brief story focusing
on the world of work concepts.
- Ask the students to
brainstorm a list of different types of jobs either from the story or
discussion. List on board.
- Ask students to indicate
whether they are more likely to associate gender type for each
specific job. Beside each job mark an “M” (male) or “F” (female) to
indicate gender type. Discuss the results with the class. Questions
- Why do you believe certain jobs should be
specifically held by one gender vs. the other? Facilitate a discussion
which allow for questioning myths, misconceptions or fallacies.
- How have the roles of men and women changed
over the years and why?
- Does anyone have a family member or know
someone who works in a job that is typically held by the opposite sex?
Can you think of any television/movie characters that work at jobs
typically held by individuals of the opposite sex? Discuss.
- Inform the students that the
next time we meet, a guest speaker who represents a non-traditional
occupation for his/her gender will speak to the class and discuss
their educational background and how they became interested in their