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|Title: ||An Exploration Into Gender Bias In The Writing Of Trainee Teachers At Dilla Teachers’ College|
|Authors: ||Marcho, Medhin|
|Advisors: ||AMANUEL GEBRU (Ass.prof.)|
|Copyright: ||2003 |
|Date Added: ||21-Apr-2008 |
|Publisher: ||Addis Ababa University|
|Abstract: ||This study is aimed at investigating if the trainee teachers’ compositions
reveal any imbalance regarding gender representation. It also attempts to
identify the factors that cause gender bias in the content of compositions.
Besides, efforts are made to devise the strategy that could help one to make
his/her compositions fair in terms of gender.
To achieve its objectives the study employed three research tools. Firstly, a state of the
trainees’ gender treatment is investigated inn the content of the compositions they produced.
To this effect the study employed content analysis of the trainees’ compositions. Secondly,
the subjects who produced essays for analysis are made to fill in copies of the questionnaire
designed to the students. Eventually, the instructors who have experience of teaching writing
were interviewed to compile further information and to crosscheck the data generated from
the trainees’ part.
The summary of the data obtained through all the three angles mentioned
above indicates that the trainees’ compositions tend to give prominence to the
masculine gender in terms of language use. It is also observed that most of
the trainees seem that they do not have adequate knowledge of the genderfair
linguistic features. Moreover, they seem they are unaware of the
offensiveness, which a biased use of language could evoke in a reader. On
top of these, a gap is also observed in the level of sensitivity in relation with
gender treatment among the trainee teachers and their instructors.
Finally, a strategy is sought to improve the quality of compositions in
terms of gender. In this respect guidelines that are supposed to complement
one’s effort of making his/her gender representation non-offensive are
|Description: ||A THESIS PRESENTED TOTHE DEPARTMENT OF
FOREIGN LANGUAGES AND LITERATURE
INISTITUTE OF LANGUAGE STUDIES
ADDIS ABABA UNIVERSITY
IN PARTIAL FULFILMENT OF THE REQUIREMENTS FOR
THE DEGREE OF MASTER OF ARTS IN TEFL|
|Appears in:||Thesis - Teaching English as a Foreign Language|
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