Feminine and masculine values in flight instructing

Deborah C. Ramsey (Senior Tutor in Business Communication at Massey University, New Zealand)
Philip L. Ramsey (Lecturer in Human Resource Development at Massey University, New Zealand)

Women in Management Review

ISSN: 0964-9425

Publication date: 1 December 1996


Describes a research project that explores differences in values between male and female flying instructors. Hazardous attitudes and practices in aviation have been attributed to masculine values associated with the flying culture. Data were collected from male and female flying instructors and their approaches to resolving instructional dilemmas were compared. Findings were used to predict whether female instructors were likely to shift the culture towards more feminine values, or whether the culture was likely to shift the values of the female instructors. Finds evidence of female instructors being less analytical in their view of instructing, and more achievement oriented than men. Suggests that female instructors are reacting to existing masculine culture rather than promoting feminine values.



Ramsey, D. and Ramsey, P. (1996), "Feminine and masculine values in flight instructing", Women in Management Review, Vol. 11 No. 8, pp. 4-12. https://doi.org/10.1108/09649429610148728

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