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ERIC Number: EJ1041713
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1056-0300
Where Are the Women?: A Classroom Inquiry into Social Studies Textbooks
Brugar, Kristy; Halvorsen, Anne-Lise; Hernandez, Sunshine
Social Studies and the Young Learner, v26 n3 p28-31 Jan-Feb 2014
This article describes a two-day, upper elementary social scientific inquiry lesson in which students investigate the representation of women in their textbooks by critically analyzing them. In the lesson, students are asked whether they think women and men get equal coverage in their textbook. The authors conclude that the students demonstrated their ability to use text features and to critically analyze the contents of social studies textbook in terms of its attention to gender equality. Students' motivation was high--they demonstrated natural curiosity about the question and frustration with their findings. The authors hope that this experience will build students' capacities to critically examine other resources.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 4; Intermediate Grades
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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