Women in history textbooks - What message does this send to the youth?

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dc.contributor.author Chiponda, Annie
dc.contributor.author Wassermann, Johan
dc.date.accessioned 2012-07-03T07:21:08Z
dc.date.available 2012-07-03T07:21:08Z
dc.date.issued 2011
dc.identifier.citation Chiponda, A. & Wassermann, J. 2011. Women in history textbooks - What message does this send to the youth?. Yesterday & today, 6:13-25, Oct. [http://www.sashtw.org.za/index2.htm] [http://dspace.nwu.ac.za/handle/10394/5126] en_US
dc.identifier.issn 2223-0386
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10394/6719
dc.description.abstract History textbooks, like all textbooks, play an important role in the facilitation of learning. They act as vehicles by means of which past knowledge legitimated by government and related authorities, as contained in the curriculum, is presented to school-going youth. Textbooks are by nature powerful and authoritative because they are approved by government and other authorities. As a result, school-going youth are likely to consider the way women and men are portrayed in history textbooks as unquestionable and historically truthful. Having reported on findings of empirical studies on women in history textbooks from, amongst others, Taiwan; the United States; the United Kingdom; Russia and South Africa, we conclude that women are underrepresented, misrepresented and marginalised in history textbooks. Women are portrayed as historically unimportant and incapable, contributing little to society outside of the domestic sphere. We furthermore argue that this type of portrayal sends powerful messages to the youth about men and women in history and in contemporary society. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher The South African Society for History Teaching (SASHT) under the auspices of the School of Basic Sciences, Vaal Triangle Campus, North-West University en_US
dc.subject History textbooks en_US
dc.subject Gender en_US
dc.subject Women en_US
dc.subject Youth en_US
dc.subject Females en_US
dc.title Women in history textbooks - What message does this send to the youth? en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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