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ERIC Number: EJ1140426
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1305-578X
Do ELT Coursebooks Still Suffer from Gender Inequalities? A Case Study from Turkey
Demira, Yusuf; Yavuz, Mustafa
Journal of Language and Linguistic Studies, v13 n1 p103-122 2017
Gender discrimination is still a hot debate running in the periphery of education. One way it is imposed on students is through printed materials and coursebooks, particularly those used for foreign language teaching given their rich linguistic content and content-based nature. This paper reports on a study which investigated gender representations in an ELT coursebook series "Yes You Can," published by the Turkish Ministry of Education for public high schools in Turkey. The study draws on nine different categories in order to reveal the gender-biased components in the coursebook from multiple perspectives, if any. Analyses were conducted on both verbal and pictorial contents on a page-by-page basis. Descriptive statistics were used to describe the numerical data and chi-square tests were conducted to test significance between the observed and expected values. It was found that, for the most part, there were not indications of gender inequality throughout the coursebook series. The findings are promising in terms of reflecting a fair representation of males and females, offering a glimmer of hope for the new-generation ELT coursebooks. Suggestions are made for coursebook writers and further research.
Journal of Language and Linguistic Studies. Hacettepe Universitesi, Egitim Fakultesi B Blok, Yabanci Diller Egitimi Bolumu, Ingiliz Dili Egitimi Anabilim Dali, Ankara 06800, Turkey. e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Turkey
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