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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. vii 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 suggested.
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
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/674
Appears in:Thesis - Teaching English as a Foreign Language

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