ERIC Number: ED380277
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Gender Representations in Mathematics Software.
Hodes, Carol L.
Gender bias in education remains widespread and has multiple forms. The purpose of this study was to examine current popular mathematics computer programs (n=12) intended for grades K-6 with attention to the symbolic representations and graphics used in the instructional part of the program. The review form tallied the number of main characters, their gender, their role (active versus passive), and the type of item(s) they used. The roles were noted as either traditional or nontraditional. Results showed that 41.7 percent of the software programs had main characters that were gender identifiable. Of these programs, only 12.5 percent of the main characters were female. The female main characters in the software all represented traditional female roles. A table included at the end of the report contains the software studied, appropriate grade level, summary of program, characters, and roles. Contains 17 references. (Author/MKR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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