ERIC Number: EJ1083142
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Cultural Parallax and Content Analysis: Images of Black Women in High School History Textbooks
Woyshner, Christine; Schocker, Jessica B.
Theory and Research in Social Education, v43 n4 p441-468 2015
This study investigates the representation of Black women in high school history textbooks. To examine the extent to which Black women are represented visually and to explore how they are portrayed, the authors use a mixed-methods approach that draws on analytical techniques in content analysis and from visual culture studies. Their findings reveal that Black women are marginalized in high school history textbooks. Also, the authors argue that despite this dearth of Black women, they are portrayed in a greater variety of roles in the major Black history textbook on the market for secondary students. The study concludes by deriving a framework by which others may interpret the representation of Black women in texts and other curricular materials and by challenging traditional content analyses by bringing the notion of cultural parallax to bear on the widely used content analysis methodology.
Descriptors: Content Analysis, High Schools, Secondary School Curriculum, African American History, Womens Studies, Females, Textbook Content, Textbook Research, Visual Aids, Multicultural Education, Cultural Background, Disproportionate Representation, Heuristics, Race, Social Class, Mixed Methods Research
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Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
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