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Title:Linguistic Images, Socialisation and Gender in Education
Author:Ufomata, Titi
Year:1998
Periodical:Africa Development: A Quarterly Journal of CODESRIA (ISSN 0850-3907)
Volume:23
Issue:3-4
Pages:61-75
Language:English
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Subsaharan Africa
Africa
world
Subjects:images
gender relations
child rearing
women's education
women
Women's Issues
Education and Oral Traditions
Development and Technology
Education and Training
gender
socialization
Sex Roles
Language and languages
education
Teaching--Aids and devices
mass media
Stereotype (Psychology)
Abstract:In sub-Saharan Africa all the agents of socialization, from the family, the school, and the community, to religion and the mass media, reinforce sex-role stereotyping. Gender stereotypes, which are particularly pervasive in textbooks and educational materials, affect children's perceptions and expectations with respect to life, family, careers and society as a whole. The author discusses the effects of gender bias on girls' education, the impact of the mass media in reinforcing negative stereotypes of women, sexism in the language of textbooks, the lack of positive role models, the gendered selection of courses and choice of subjects, and the deliberate policy of sexual differentiation in career orientation, and draws out the policy implications for education. Bibliogr.
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