ERIC Number: ED065832
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972
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Dick and Jane as Victims: Sex Stereotyping in Children's Readers.
Women on Words and Images, Princeton, NJ.
One hundred thirty-four elementary school readers from 14 different publishers were the basis for this study. The readers were contributed by the school systems in three suburban New Jersey towns where they are currently in use. A classification system was developed for use in doing a content analysis of all the stories in each book. A statement summarizing each story was recorded on a work sheet, and was placed in the appropriate category or categories, such as stories focusing on girls, stories focusing on boys, stories about both boys and girls. A numbered code was established and all stories were evaluated according to their emphasis on these themes. The findings indicated that: (1) all readers now in use should be revised, (2) harmful sex stereotypes should be eradicated, (3) all forms of discrimination should be eliminated, (4) males should be pictured in household chores and females in outdoor tasks, (5) a sensitivity to the needs and rights of boys and girls without preference or bias should be developed, and (6) a temporary moratorium on certain abused stereotypes of females should be declared. (WR)
Descriptors: Basic Reading, Cultural Images, Elementary Education, Reading Instruction, Reading Materials, Reading Research, Sex Discrimination, Social Attitudes, Stereotypes
Women on Words and Images, P. O. Box 2163, Princeton, N. J. 08540 ($1.50)
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Authoring Institution: Women on Words and Images, Princeton, NJ.