Author: Li, Haiqing Stella
Title: A comparison of Chinese and Hong Kong English second-language textbooks in relation to gender mixed-method study
Advisors: Feng, Dezheng William (ENGL)
Degree: M.A.
Year: 2021
Subject: English language -- Textbooks
Textbooks -- China -- Hong Kong
Textbooks -- China
Language and languages -- Gender
Textbook bias
Hong Kong Polytechnic University -- Dissertations
Department: Department of English
Pages: 116 pages : color illustrations
Language: English
Abstract: This paper considers a combination of qualitative and quantitative methods to explore gender education in textbooks. Through a quantitative analysis of the proportions of male and female characters, pronouns, adjectives, etc., a visual representation of the differences between roles presented for men and women is obtained. A qualitative study is presented based on a critical discourse analysis by selecting specific scenes for discussion, with a view to uncovering the ideologies, beliefs, and values hidden in the discourse and supplementing the inadequacy of quantitative analysis in probing the underlying causes. This study concludes that the issue of equality in gender education in Hong Kong and Chinese textbooks (i.e., the stereotypical perceptions of male and female) have been reduced yet not transformed intrinsically, with men remaining dominant and women being passive. In response to these issues, the study attempts to recommend remedies that include raising awareness among textbook authors and a more balanced approach to teaching among teachers.
Rights: All rights reserved
Access: restricted access

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