ERIC Number: ED378104
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Identification and Elimination of Sex Stereotypes in and from School Textbooks. Some Suggestions for Action in the Arab World.
Abu Nasr, Julinda; And Others
This document is divided into two parts: (1) "A Study of Sex Role Stereotype in Arabic Readers" and (2) "A Guide for the Identification and Elimination of Sexism in Arabic Textbooks." In part 1, a sample of 79 Arabic readers were read word for word and the images pertaining to females were recorded. The results of the survey with respect to womens' roles, identity, traits, and functions reveal the traditional outlook towards women in the Arab world where status is derived from marriage and motherhood. Their world revolves around the home, and careers pursued outside the home are an extension of domestic functions. Status as mothers is high while a secondary status is explicitly and implicitly portrayed in themes dealing with mothers, in identity traits attributed to them, and in functions performed by them. In part 2, the guide begins with a definition of sexism and provides an overview of the sources of information used. Detailed procedures for recording data both quantitatively and qualitatively are given along with a collection of samples of original and revised text and illustrations. The guide was prepared with the intentions of creating awareness concerning the issue of sexism in textbooks and providing guidelines for its identification and elimination. The research should be viewed as a search for human equity within an Arab socio-cultural context. (JJ)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, Paris (France).
Authoring Institution: Beirut Univ. Coll. (Lebanon). Inst. for Women's Studies in the Arab World.
Identifiers - Location: Egypt; Kuwait; Lebanon; Qatar; Saudi Arabia; Tunisia; Yemen