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We present Micro-content Analysis (MCA) as a tool for social studies educators to quickly review their current textbook and determine if it contains gender-biased content. Our MCA Guide and Toolkit retain traditional content analysis components in a compact manner to ensure that MCA is a time-efficient process for educators. We demonstrate how we implemented the Guide and Toolkit on a secondary world history textbook currently utilized in a Midwest high school. Our MCA Toolkit includes resources for locating information on female historical agents so educators can present gender-inclusive content to their students and rectify any gender-biased messages presented in textbooks.
Social Studies Journal: Pennsylvania Council for the Social Studies
Micro-content Analysis, content analysis, textbook, gender
Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education | Curriculum and Instruction | Curriculum and Social Inquiry | Education | Educational Methods | Secondary Education
Southworth, Erica M.; Cleaver, Rebekah; and Herbst, Haley, "“Pushing Past the Margins” with Micro-content Analysis: A Tool to Identify Gender-bias in Textbooks" (2020). Faculty Creative and Scholarly Works. 35.