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ERIC Number: ED535311
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jan
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 9
Reproducing Gender Inequality: A Critical Discourse Analysis of a Turkish Adult Literacy Textbook. Research Brief #7
Gungor, Ramazan; Prins, Esther
Goodling Institute for Research in Family Literacy
Adult education curricula such as literacy textbooks present blueprints for living, including different ways of being and relating as men and women. However, educators and scholars seldom consider the underlying assumptions about gender in literacy workbooks, especially in international settings. This study used Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA) to examine how a new, prominent adult literacy textbook in Turkey depicted male and female identities. The textbook promoted two main gender Discourses, or sets of ideas and values. The normative parenting Discourse suggested that mothers are chiefly responsible for childrearing and caretaking and that fathers are responsible for discipline. The sexual division of labor Discourse depicted men mainly in the public, outside world and women in the private, domestic sphere. By reinforcing dominant ideas of masculinity and femininity, the text implies that these roles--and gender inequities--are normal and desirable. (Contains 2 figures and 1 endnote.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania State University, Goodling Institute for Research in Family Literacy
Identifiers - Location: Turkey