Assessment of Sex Stereotypes within Task Group Simulation


  • Jerald R. Smith


While considerable rhetoric and research continues on the relative merits of gaming and experiential learning, many academicians involved with these techniques have settled back into a comfortable daily use of a favorite game or experiential device. Only by chance did the writer overhear a remark between two students which lead to this paper. A female student remarked to a male student, “I’ll keep all the records and minutes for our team if you guys make all the decisions.” Is this type of behavior common? Do the males on a team expect the female(s) to be responsible for that part of the team’s duties that is perceived as “women’s work?” Do the females on a team succumb to sex stereotyping? If this phenomenon does exist, as educators we need to be aware of this if we ever expect to help eliminate sex stereotyping in business.