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Recognizing the Hidden Curriculum of Gender Roles The Relationship Between Reading and Gender. A Master’s Research Project by Catherine Holland St. Mary’s College of Maryland. Introduction. Schools: tools for socialization Stated curriculum vs. “hidden curriculum” (Giroux, 1988)
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A Master’s Research Project by
Catherine HollandSt. Mary’s College of Maryland
Differences between genders are socially created, not biologically innate.
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“Depends on the text. A lot of the stories that we’re doing are not geared toward young men…They’re definitely reluctant.”
“No. They’re a harder sell.”
“Um, if it’s about things that they like
to read about. We did The Contender
and it was about boy-things, they don’t like to read about love stories. It has a little bit of boy violence or things that they could relate to.”
“Not a particular genre, but I like really descriptive books. I’m trying to think of particular books…realistic that I could see happening somewhere to someone real.”
“Fiction novels in general. No specific genre.”
“Favorite genre – anything that twists reality. Anything that messes with your perception and then gives you a shock. Thriller is too broad. You could go with a thriller but that’s too broad.”
Girls may not like the texts they read in class, but they are more willing to try new ones
Based on the interviews, students’ text preferences are idiosyncratic.
Yet students tend to choose texts with same-sex protagonists
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