Annotated Bibliography on
Gender Inequities: Theory, Practice, and Progress or Lack Thereof
Mary Ellen S. Jones, 20 July 1998


As a teacher in the secondary schools, I chose to view a range of learning ages, from primary grades to the first-year college composition course. I researched gender issues in four journals from 1995 to current issues 1998. The journals were The Reading Teacher, English Journal, The Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy (formerly known as The Journal of Reading), and College Composition and Communication.  What I discovered was that each journal had few articles about gender.

Of the articles that did address gender issues, all proved that gender inequity is still very much an issue in the classroom--one which we as educators must all be aware of or  run the risk of the negative effects of complacency. I, for one, do not want to be the reason why female students do not succeed in my classroom or future classrooms. I do not want to think I already know it all about this subject, and forget to be self-reflexive about my own teaching practices. Keeping up with the theory and practice of gender and literacy (reading and writing) will be a welcome life-long process for me.

Annotated Bibliography

Alvermann, Donna E. "Peer-led Discussions: Whose Interests are Served?"  Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy 39 (1995/96): 282-289.

Benjamin, Beth, and Linda Irwin-DeVitis. "Censoring Girls' Choices: Continued Gender Bias in English Language Arts Classrooms." English Journal 87.2 (1998): 64-71. Brozo, William G., and Ronald V. Schmelzer. "Wildmen, Warriors, and Lovers: Reaching Boys through Archetypal Literature." Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy 41 (1997): 4-11. Cleary, Linda Miller. "'I Think I Know What My Teachers Want Now': Gender and Writing Motivation." English Journal 85.1 (1996): 50-57. Dixon, Kathleen. "Gendering the 'Personal'." College Composition and Communication 46 (1995): 255-275. Guzzetti, Barbara J., and Wayne O. Williams. "Changing the Pattern of Gendered Discussion: Lessons from Science Classrooms." Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy 40 (1996): 38-47. Hannan, Dennis J. "Gender Equity in the American Classroom: Where Are the Women?"  English Journal 84.6 (1995): 103-106. Haswell, Janis, and Richard H. Haswell. "Gendership and the Miswriting of Students." College Composition and Communication 46 (1995): 223-253. Kates, Susan. "Subversive Feminism: The Politics of Correctness in Mary Augusta Jordan's Correct Writing and Speaking (1904)." College Composition and Communication 48 (1997): 501-517. McAndrew, Donald A. "Ecofeminism and the Teaching of Literacy." College Composition and Communication 47 (1996): 367-382.

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