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ERIC Number: EJ816731
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Nov
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0926-7220
"Sex Hormones" in Secondary School Biology Textbooks
Nehm, Ross H.; Young, Rebecca
Science & Education, v17 n10 p1175-1190 Nov 2008
This study explores the extent to which the term "sex hormone" is used in science textbooks, and whether the use of the term "sex hormone" is associated with pre-empirical concepts of sex dualism, in particular the misconceptions that these so-called "sex hormones" are sex specific and restricted to sex-related physiological functioning. We found that: (1) all the texts employed the term "sex hormone"; (2) in all texts estrogen is characterized as restricted to females and testosterone is characterized as restricted to males; and (3) in all texts testosterone and estrogen are discussed as exclusively involved in sex-related physiological roles. We conclude that (1) contemporary science textbooks preserve sex-dualistic models of steroid hormones (one sex, one "sex hormone") that were rejected by medical science in the early 20th century and (2) use of the term "sex hormone" is associated with misconceptions regarding the presence and functions of steroid hormones in male and female bodies.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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