ERIC Number: ED208376
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
Sex Stereotyping in Mexican Reading Primers.
A study was conducted comparing the sex stereotypes present in selected Mexican reading primers published in 1960 with those present in primers published in 1972 to determine whether any significant changes in sex stereotyping were reflected in the 1972 primers. Comparisons were made between four primers published in 1960 for grades one through four and four published in 1972 for the same grades. Examined were (1) the total number of male and female characters, (2) the major characters, (3) the careers of the characters, and (4) the traditional male and female roles. The results showed that there were significantly more male than female characters in both the 1960 and the 1972 primers, but that the ratio of male major characters to female major characters was somewhat more balanced in 1972. However, when the total number of female characters was considered, the career data showed that females were underrepresented in careers to a significantly greater degree in 1972 than in 1960. When the total number of characters in 1972 was considered, the data related to the traditional male and female roles showed that there were proportionally more instances of traditional sex role reinforcements in 1972 than in 1960. The study concluded that primers from both years presented Mexican children with a distorted reality in terms of population, career opportunities and sex roles. (HTH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Reading Association (26th, New Orleans, LA, April 27-May 1, 1981).