ERIC Number: ED363513
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
The High School Biology Textbook: A Changing Mosaic of Gender, Science, and Purpose.
How can science be made more meaningful to all students? This paper approaches this question through an analysis of gender. It begins with a brief exploration of the fundamental mismatch between women and science as described by statistics on the success, interest, and participation of women in science; feminist critiques of science; and studies of gender in science textbooks. A gender analysis of three different editions of the textbook "Modern Biology" are presented; explaining what it tells students about themselves, the nature of science, and the purposes of science education. It shows how the format, content, and message of this text has changed over time; how these changes can be linked to larger trends in science education, science and society; and how these changes have failed to eliminate barriers to women's participation in science. Finally, today's reform efforts in science education and their potential to help solve problems of gender in science are explained. (PR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Atlanta, GA, April 1993).