Gender representation in textbooks: a lever for gender inequality


Textbooks are the basic tools of education. Textbooks have economic and ideological implications. It has long being understood that textbooks are a basic vehicle of socialization, conveying knowledge and values. They have always been subject of numerous studies whether with a view to revise their content in order to improve learning, take better account of values held to be universal (such as peace and equality) or meet demands for technical assistance through the provision and distribution of teaching material. Textbooks enable the development of the technical and educational skills amongst the students. Today the goal of education for ALL and the priority given to GIRLS education has made textbooks even more important.
In any particular society and across the world, textbooks have an impact beyond the immediate confines of school and learning. Thus we must consequently take account of the extent of the impact of textbooks. The aim of this paper is to consider the overall environment of the textbooks in relation to gender inequality, and to explore the possibilities that how the textbooks can be used as a powerful lever of social change in propagating gender equality and universal values.

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