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ERIC Number: ED380800
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Apr
Pages: 55
Abstractor: N/A
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Exploring Attitudes toward Gender in the Language Arts Classroom.
Kelly, Judith Ann
Gender attitudes are usually viewed as products of the socialization process and therefore may be viewed as modifiable behaviors. Of great practical importance is the discovery of how they are formed, how they are organized in the mind, and how they may be changed. A study attempted to determine if exposing middle school students to non-stereotypical protagonists through reading, discussion groups, and writing would have a significant effect on the degree of gender biased attitudes expressed by the students. Subjects, 26 seventh grade females and males attending a suburban middle school in New Jersey, completed a pretest to determine gender stereotyped attitudes. Following the pretest, the students were exposed to sex-equitble literature for a period of 6 weeks. Discussion groups and related writings were integrated with the literature. Upon completion of the lessons, the students were administered a posttest. Analysis of the results revealed that although females scored higher on both the pre- and posttests, males made a slight increase in positive responses. However, no significant difference was indicated. (Contains three tables of data, 54 references, and three appendixes.) (Author/TB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Dissertations/Theses
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New Jersey