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

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

Weight-Related Perceptions and Self-Reported Lifestyle Behaviors among Black Nurses in the United States (Published)

Obesity is a growing epidemic for both the general population and nursing profession.  50% of nurses are overweight or obese (Miller, Alpert, & Cross, 2008), with more than 40% of Black women obese in 2008 (CDC, 2011).  This descriptive study examined weight-related perceptions and lifestyle behaviors of Black nurses (N=41) living in the US. Participants were recruited from the graduate and undergraduate nursing programs at Kean University.  IRB-approved Informed Consent was obtained before completion of a 13-item questionnaire assessing weight perceptions and lifestyle behaviors.  Body Mass Index (BMI; kg/m2) assessed weight (women, n = 33, M = 28.64, SD = 5.58; men, n = 8, M = 26.60, SD = 5.58). Mean BMI for US born nurses was 27.88  1.78 and 28.57  1.31 for non US born, not statistically significant at t = – 3.18, p = .752. 41% of the group perceived their weight as normal.  A negative correlation (r = -.41, p =.008) existed between BMI and “Are you currently exercising?”  Findings reinforce the need for additional study to understand whether current exercise reduces the BMI or whether those with increased BMI lack motivation to exercise.

 

Keywords: Attitudes, body mass index, body size, nurse-patient relations, obesity management, stereotypes