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Education and Human Development Master's Theses

1997

Elementary Education and Teaching

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An Analysis Of Gender Bias In Newbery Medal Award Winning Books From 1985 To 1995, Julie J. Wantuck May 1997

An Analysis Of Gender Bias In Newbery Medal Award Winning Books From 1985 To 1995, Julie J. Wantuck

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

Intended for use by educators, librarians, and parents, this study analyzed Newbery Medal Award winners from 1985 to 1995 for gender bias. The items under analysis included the number of females or males represented in the titles, the gender of the authors, the number of females and males as main characters, and the role of the main character(s).

The results indicate a trend toward a less biased representation of females who engaged in counter-gender-type activities more often than males. Seven (64%) of the 11 books were written by female authors while 4 (36%) were written by male authors. Females ...