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ERIC Number: ED392238
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Pages: 17
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
"The Disqualified Half": Gender Representation in a Children's Reading Scheme.
Williams, Simon
This paper analyzes representation of females in reading texts for children. Two theoretical approaches are contrasted that focus on one particular critique of gender representation in school reading materials, and a detailed, gender analysis is presented of "Story Chest," a graded reader, used in England since 1972 after successful use in Australia and New Zealand. Findings reveal that the content of textbooks still appears to be male and white-race dominated. Although "Story Chest" does present some minority groups, there is a gross under-representation of women and a stereotypical treatment of those who do appear as main characters, yet it is considered a good beginning. A model for non-sexist innovation in children's readers is presented. (Contains 26 references.) (NAV)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Great Britain
Note: In: Perspectives on Reading. CLE Working Papers 2. For complete volume, see FL 023 547.