Gender Stereotypes in Primary School Textbooks


  • Irene Dora Maria Scierri Università degli Studi di Perugia



This study aims at investigating the ways males and females are represented in textbooks for primary school after Polite, the publishing self-regulation agreement with the aim of introducing an equal representation of males and females in school books. Two groups of textbooks are analysed, published respectively in 2008-10 and 2014, for a total of 1084 texts. The study demonstrates the current inequality of gender representation and the ineffectiveness of the Polite project.


Keywords: gender stereotypes, gender representations, sexism, education.




Author Biography

Irene Dora Maria Scierri, Università degli Studi di Perugia

Dipartimento di Filosofia, Scienze Sociali, Umane e della Formazione. Assegnista di ricerca.