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Original article | International Journal of Progressive Education 2023, Vol. 19(4) 18-38

Analysis of Visuals of Women in the 9th Grade History Textbook

Meliha Köse

pp. 18 - 38   |  DOI:   |  Manu. Number: MANU-2305-09-0003.R1

Published online: August 01, 2023  |   Number of Views: 107  |  Number of Download: 181


Advances in the field of women's history have led to debates on the visibility of women in history textbooks. Some of these discussions focus on the visuals of women in history textbooks. In this study, which was conducted with a qualitative approach and document analysis method, the visual images of women in the 9th grade history textbook used in the 2022-2023 academic year were analyzed. Content and semiotics analysis were utilized together to conduct the research. According to the findings of the study, the rate of visuals containing female figures is quite low compared to male visuals. While 66 of the 79 visuals containing human figures include men, only 13 visuals contain female figures. Additionally, in most of the visual, female figures are not recognizable and the images do not have a direct relationship with women's history. The main function of images is to fill up the spaces allocated for the visual in the book without any particular purpose. It can be argued that the visuals in the 9th grade history textbooks were not prepared with the concern of reflecting women's history and experiences. Although representative images are used for male figures for whom there are no real-life visual images, this is not practiced for female figures. A significant effort needs to be made in order to include women's history and visuals in history textbooks. Visuals should be used in a way that develops historical thinking skills instead of only decorating textbooks. Within the framework of the constructivist approach, students should be enabled to access information about women's history through visuals and to construct information on their own.

Keywords: Women's History, Gender, Textbook, History Textbook, Visuals of Women Behavior

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APA 6th edition
Kose, M. (2023). Analysis of Visuals of Women in the 9th Grade History Textbook . International Journal of Progressive Education, 19(4), 18-38. doi: 10.29329/ijpe.2023.579.2

Kose, M. (2023). Analysis of Visuals of Women in the 9th Grade History Textbook . International Journal of Progressive Education, 19(4), pp. 18-38.

Chicago 16th edition
Kose, Meliha (2023). "Analysis of Visuals of Women in the 9th Grade History Textbook ". International Journal of Progressive Education 19 (4):18-38. doi:10.29329/ijpe.2023.579.2.

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