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FYI: Call for Chapter Proposals: Gender Representations in Learning Materials in an International Context


Author: Abolaji Mustapha

Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics

FYI Body: Call for Chapter Contribution Proposals
Gender Representations in Learning Materials in an International Context

Edited by:
Professor Sara Mills (Sheffield Hallam University)
Dr. Abolaji S. Mustapha (Lagos State University/Sheffield Hallam University)

The issue of gender representation is one which has been vigorously debated within the UK and the US since the 1960s. Starting with a concern for the number of representations of women and men which appeared in textbooks, and the type of roles that they played, this type of study has developed so that rather than simply focusing on numbers, other factors have been considered: for example, adjective and adverb collocations with male and female actions; initiation speech acts for male and female participants, and moving outside the text, the form of interaction about the representations themselves, within the classroom, whether critical or backgrounded. It is this more complex approach to the analysis of gender representations which this volume aims to explore further.

Research on gender representation has largely focused on the US and the UK. Sunderland (2000) observed the dearth of gender and education studies in some countries - Africa, Islamic countries, Eastern Europe, South America and China, and called for more research in these areas. After over a decade, it appears that her call for studies in these countries has been taken up - there are many published articles appearing in academic journals on the topic of gender representation in this international context. What this volume aims to do is bring together this diverse research so that we can assess the state of play of gender representation in an international context.

We are seeking proposals for chapters that address gender representation in learning materials and classroom interactions from countries around the world.

Submission process: submit at least a 500-word proposal including - chapter title, author's name and affiliation, e-mail address, scope of the chapter, 4-6 keywords and a brief biography of the author by October, 2012. We, as editors, will write a general introduction to the book describing the research in the field and relating it to the international contexts. We will circulate this to authors, so that we can avoid duplication of material.

We hope that you will be able to submit a chapter to us for this proposed book.

Inquiries and chapter proposals can be submitted electronically (Word document) to the editors:

Sara Mills - s.l.mills@shu.ac.uk or Abolaji S. Mustapha - s.mustapha@shu.ac.uk

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