ERIC Number: ED300214
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
Reference Count: 0
Evidence for the Lack of Sexism in Biology Textbooks: A Mistaken Impression.
Warren, Charles R.; Rogers, Stacy J.
In the past, science textbooks have been the target of criticism of science educators in studies of sex bias in the past. The purpose of this study was to examine the illustrations in the biology textbooks most commonly used in high schools in the United States. Seven textbooks were examined for their representation of women in illustrations of scientific activity. It was expected that these textbooks would have women underrepresented as active participants in science activities, as compared with men. Illustrations that were identifiable by sex were coded based on the sex and activity shown in the illustration. It was found that, for the sample as a whole, females were just as likely to be shown as active participants in science activities as males. However, these books represent a trend toward favoring male participation in science; that is, some of the effects were masked by the sample as a whole. Individual textbook differences were examined and a range of representatives was found. (Attached are a bibliography of 30 items and a list of the texts used in the study.) (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Teachers; Practitioners
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Note: Paper presented at the Columbus Area Convention of the National Science Teachers Association (Columbus, OH, October 20, 1988).