Gender Representation in Learning Materials

Gender Representation in Learning Materials

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Representations of gender in learning materials convey an implicit message to students about attitudes towards culturally appropriate gender roles for women and men. This collection takes a linguistic approach to exploring theories about gender representation within the sphere of education and textbooks, and their effects on readers and students within an international context. In the opening section, contributors discuss theories of representation and effect, challenging the conventional Althusserian model of interpellation, and acknowledging the challenges of applying Western feminist models within an international context. Following chapters provide detailed analyses focusing on a number of different countries: Australia, Japan, Brazil, Finland, Russia, Hong Kong, Nigeria, Germany, Qatar, Tanzania, and Poland. Through linguistic analysis of vocabulary associated with women and men, content analysis of what women and men say in textbooks, and discourse analysis of the types of linguistic moves associated with women and men, contributors evaluate the extent to which gendered representations in textbooks perpetuate stereotypical gender roles, what the impact may be on learners, and the ways that both teachers and learners interact and engage with these texts.Example 6 Discussion 2 (21.03a€“21.30) 01 Anne: so (.) ... here the selections of books for [example they 06 Anne: [yea 07 Merja: actually are carried out pretty much on boysa#39; conditions, 08 Anne: mm= ... Annea#39;s question (lines 2a€“3) contains the implication that boys and girls are different types of readers, but it also implies that ... Longstocking, Astrid Lindgrena#39;s joyful, physically strong and, in a way, anarchist girl character, and Matilda, Roald Dahla#39;s character with special magical abilities.

Title:Gender Representation in Learning Materials
Author: Abolaji S. Mustapha, Sara Mills
Publisher:Routledge - 2015-08-11

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