Spotlight on classroom diversity shown in textbooks
The interim report released by the Basic Education Ministerial Task Team has found that textbooks used in South African schools generally adopt a mildly inclusive approach to diversity.
The Department of Basic Education on Tuesday said Minister Angie Motshekga had received the interim report into the evaluation of learning and teaching materials, particularly textbooks that are used in schools.
The Minister established the task team in February 2016 to ascertain whether the text and illustrations used by authors and publishers in textbooks are inclusive, sensitive and promote the values of unity in diversity, democracy as well as equity, and empower learners for the future.
According to the department, the task team also conducted a content analysis to ascertain the specific discrimination biases, frequency and type of such discrimination, as well as examine the extent to which different forms of discrimination manifest in South African textbooks.
“The content analysis focused on biases which could be associated with race, gender, class, religion, disability, sexual orientation, family status and age. One of the interim findings is that textbooks generally adopt a mildly inclusive approach to diversity. The Minister will receive the final report later this year. - SAnews.gov.za