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ERIC Number: ED421393
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-May
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Promoting Gender Equity within the Classroom.
Edge, Joy; Fisher, Meg; Martin, Cindy; Morris, Marcia
This report describes a program for heightening awareness of gender bias within the classroom. The targeted population consists of ages 3 to 18 from elementary and high school settings in the Midwest. The problem of gender bias has been well documented for many years. The solution strategy resulted in the implementation of activities to promote gender equity within the classroom, heighten awareness of female contributions to society, increase teacher understanding of the consequences of gender inequity and heighten awareness among students of the existing problem. The researchers examined the local community, the home environment, textbooks, instruction in the classroom and student attitudes, among other factors. The effect of this study has greatly increased the awareness of the researchers of the need to start addressing the problem of gender inequity in the home. Centering curriculum on contributions of both sexes will increase the students' knowledge base. Other immeasurable benefits include an increase in self-esteem, the desire to pursue careers regardless of gender, and a change in attitude toward a more equitable environment. (EH)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses; Reports - Research
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Note: M.A. Action Research Project, Saint Xavier University and IRI/Skylight.