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Gender Stereotypes in Mathematics Textbooks
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Mathematics and Science Education.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6099-7426
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Mathematics and Science Education.
2016 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The aim of this paper is to investigate to what extent photographs in Swedish mathematics textbooks for grades 8 and 9 are gender stereotyped. Drawing on research in feminist studies we performed a thematic analysis. The total number of males in the photographs is higher than the total of females. One pattern found is that males more often are represented as being active or producing than females. There are more than twice as many passive females compared to males. Within the category caring/serving, females are more related to caring in the home and male images to serving in a job. These patterns are in the paper viewed as part of a structure where girls are under stereotyped threats with expectancy to be passive rather than engaging in mathematics intensive study programs, such as technology university studies.

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2016.
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Educational Sciences
Research subject
Mathematics Education
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-133469OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-133469DiVA: diva2:963098
Conference
13th International Congress on Mathematical Education, Hamburg, Germany, 24-31 July 2016
Available from: 2016-09-08 Created: 2016-09-08 Last updated: 2016-12-23Bibliographically approved

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