The Issue of Gender in Elementary Schools’ Hebrew textbooks for the Arab Sector in Israel

Abstract

The educational system in the 21st century is still a sociological representative preserving the social and gender structure in society.  The school is a ‘greenhouse’ for strengthening and refinement gender stereotyped identity already in young age, by teaching and imitating the behavior described in the textbooks This article examines the status of women and female students in the Hebrew textbooks in the elementary school studied in the Arab sector in relation to two aspects: the method of teaching of the Hebrew language in the past and in present time, in relation to women’s status. The examination was made by texts and illustrations of textbooks.This study examined the third grade book of ‘Mifgash’ (meetings), it also tested 11 texts in four textbooks from the series of “Ivrit Laderech” (Learning Hebrew) from the third to the sixth grade, in which women have a central leading role.

Keywords: Arab sector, Elementary School, Gender, Hebrew, Textbook, stereotypes


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