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This thesis looks at the language describing the human reproductive system present in contemporary middle school and high school biology textbooks in the United States. Historically, the male and female reproductive systems have been represented in ways that perpetuate gender inequality. I apply rhetorical theory to these textbook’s chapters on the human reproductive system, analyzing their use of metaphor and narrative as devices. The results of this analysis show that there has been progress since biological concepts began to be taught, but that there is still a ways to come.
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Bachelor of Arts
Skaperdas, Alexandra M., "UNDER THE COVERS: Deconstructing the Presentation of the Human Reproductive System in Secondary Biology Education" (2015). Honors Theses. 122.
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