ERIC Number: ED200952
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Reference Count: 0
An Analysis of Differences in Sex-Role Stereotyping in Ginn 360 Series Versus Ginn 720.
Using the "Checklist for Evaluating Sexism in Reading," an analysis was undertaken of the Ginn 360 series and the Ginn 720 series of basal readers for sex stereotypes and related language usage. The main characters and illustrations in approximately ten stories at each reading level were analyzed. Of the 116 stories examined, 49 featured boys, 49 featured girls, 51 featured adult males, 43 featured adult females, and there was a three-to-one ratio of male biographies to female biographies. The following conclusions were drawn from the results: (1) there were more females than males in the illustrations; (2) the female illustrations demonstrated more lifelike role models; (3) girls were not shown exclusively as spectators, but as active participants; (4) there was slight improvement in the male/female ratios in illustrations, occupations, language usage, main characters, and active roles; (5) many of the new stories noted in the 720 edition displayed females in roles outside the home; and (6) the female was treated as a responsible, mature, and respected individual and in a more lifelike situation, thereby providing a more realistic reflection of society. The findings suggest that the later edition Ginn 720 basal readers have been revised to be more balanced in male and female characters as well as in illustrations. (RL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Ginn Reading 720 Series; Ginn 360 Series
Note: M. A. Thesis, Kean College of New Jersey. Marginally legible due to print quality.