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ERIC Number: ED139007
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Reference Count: 0
Sexual Bias in Children's Books: Annotated Bibliography and Comparative Study.
Pugliese, Pamela Patterson; Chipley, Donald R.
The first section of this paper is an annotated bibliography of 33 studies of sexual bias in children's literature, followed by a summary of the significant findings that emerge from them. In the second section, the extent of sexual bias in library books found in local schools and libraries is determined by analyzing samples from three sources: (1) resources in the Williamsport Area School District, (2) a broader base of materials found in schools and libraries across the state of Pennsylvania, and (3) the top ten children's books of the past 200 years. These were analyzed using a rating scale that examined content, language, and pictures and that yielded a numerically weighted sexual bias score for each book. Both the studies summarized in the annotated bibliography and the analyses of the three new samples indicated a consistent male bias. Though that bias was softened in books written by females, the bias was still strong enough to reinforce the stereotyped female image that dominates children's literature. A copy of the sexual bias rating scale, together with directions for its use, is included in a final section. (AA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: Study prepared at Virginia State College