ERIC Number: ED366920
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Apr
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Gender Bias in Reading and Related Literature.
Goldberg, Judith Zerring
A study examined whether exposing children via reading and discussing books in which the main characters are depicted in a non-sexist manner would have any effect upon the degree of gender stereotyping expressed by the children. Eighteen third-grade children at a suburban elementary school in New Jersey completed a pretest to determine the degree of gender stereotyping expressed by the children. The children were then exposed to a series of six stories in which the characters were portrayed in a non-sexist manner. Upon completion of the lessons, the children were once again tested. Analysis revealed that although there was a slight positive trend, no significant difference was found between the pre- and posttest scores. Findings suggest that exposing children via reading and discussing stories in which the characters are portrayed in a nonsexist manner does not result in a significant change in attitude. However, had the study been extended over a longer period of time, the results may have varied. (Three tables of data are included; the survey instrument, six lesson plans, and an appendix of data are attached. Contains 34 references.) (Author/RS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Dissertations/Theses
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: New Jersey
Note: M.A. Project, Kean College of New Jersey.