Building Gender Fairness in Schools

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SIU Press, 1988 - Education - 212 pages
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This book is designed to help educators identify and eliminate gender bias from their classrooms. It will help educators assess their own level of gender bias, determine the effects of gender bias on students and society, and provide activities for eliminating gender biases. The book is divided into two sections: readings and 11 units of instruction. Readings cover the themes of gender bias in schools, sexism in education, language fairness, teacher-student relationships, confronting sex bias, and parental influence. The 11 units each are directed toward helping teachers and prospective teachers develop competencies. Topics covered include the following: developing an awareness of the effects of gender bias, identifying personal gender biases, using gender-fair verbal and nonverbal interaction with students, identifying gender-fair curriculum materials, encouraging students to broaden their occupational choices, planning activities to recruit and retain nontraditional students, developing strategies to achieve schoolwide support for gender fairness, identifying and developing strategies to counteract societal influences and cultural myths, developing action plans to effect societal change outside the classroom, and conducting applied research to develop policies and programs to achieve gender fairness. Units include the competency to be achieved, a performance objective, a teaching process, and learning activities. Bibliographies at the end of most sections list a total of 156 references. (KC)
 

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Contents

Gender Bias in Schools
3
Sexism in Education
19
How Fair Is Your Language?
58
Between Teacher and Student
66
Confronting Sex Bias in Instructional Materials
98
The Influence of Parents on the Educational
128
Develop an Awareness of the Effects
137
Identify Personal Gender Biases 13 9
145
Use GenderFair Nonverbal Interaction
155
Identify GenderFair Curriculum
168
Encourage Students to Broaden Their
177
Nontraditional Students
185
Develop Strategies to Achieve
194
Develop Action Plans to Effect Societal
202
Summary
209
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Beverly A. Stitt is the coordinator of Women's Studies and an associate professor of information systems in the College of Technical Careers at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.

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