ERIC Number: ED183489
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
Evaluation of Curriculum Materials for Sexism in Language Arts, Social Studies, and Counseling.
Burns, JoAnn; And Others
Results of a workshop to review language arts, social studies, and counseling curriculum materials for sex bias are reported. The workshop, held in Lansing, Michigan in June 1979, consisted of 37 teachers who analyzed content and illustrations for sex discrimination. Evaluations are arranged alphabetically by the publisher of the textbook within the categories of subject matter and level. In elementary language arts, the Ginn 360 Series was rated as severely biased in both content and illustrations, while Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich and Houghton Mifflin series were rated severely biased in early editions and slightly biased in 1976-79 editions. All secondary language arts texts were rated at least slightly biased. Similarly, materials for elementary and secondary school counseling contained sex and occupational stereotypes. In elementary social studies, three books contained no biases: "Self Expression and Conduct,""The Humanities" (Harcourt, Brace) and "Windows on Our World" (Houghton Mifflin). "Investigating Man's World" (Scott Foresman) was found to have areas of severe bias. In secondary social studies texts, little or no bias was reported in "American Government" (Prentice Hall). Severe bias was identified in "America, Its People and Values, "Rise of the American Nation" (both Harcourt, Brace) and "Magruder's American Government" (Allyn and Bacon). Recommendations, criteria for materials selection in Lansing schools, a bias review checklist, names and schools of participants, and a list of curriculum materials that were reviewed are included. (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Indiana Univ., Indianapolis.