The_SIQ-III_Test_-_Gender_Issues_in_Literacy

The_SIQ-III_Test_-_Gender_Issues_in_Literacy - 2005...

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© 2005 INTERNATIONAL READING ASSOCIATION (pp. 142–148) doi:10.1598/JAAL.49.2.6 JOURNAL OF ADOLESCENT & ADULT LITERACY 49:2 OCTOBER 2005 142 Jack Cassidy, Roberto Garcia, Merry Boggs The SIQ-III Test: Gender issues in literacy Although gender issues in literacy may not be a “hot” topic currently, there is still concern about the literacy needs of boys. Every year an article appears in Reading Today entitled “What’s Hot, What’s Not” (e.g., Cassidy & Cassidy, 2002/2003, 2003/2004). The basis for the article is a list of topics that is pre- sented to 25 selected literacy leaders who then rate those topics as “hot” or “not hot.” Appearing on the list for the an interest in the topic to some degree. were approximately 690 articles in the Adolescent & Adult Literacy Reading Research Quarterly them dealing with gender or sex. The Reading Teacher published approximately 550 articles dur- ing that time, and only about 5 of those dealt with gender or sex. Thus, less than 2.5% of the ar- ticles appearing in the Association’s journals in that time frame had any- Nearly 30 years ago, the original arti- (Cassidy, 1977). Readers were asked a series of true-or-false questions regarding gender issues and literacy. The answers to those questions were based on published research re- garding gender issues. At that time, there were numerous research studies on gender issues and their relation to literacy (Cassidy). Most of the studies examined how girls and women were be- ing shortchanged in U.S. education in general and literacy instruction in particular. The stated pur- pose of that first article was to inform educators about the strong influence that gender plays in education, particularly with regard to literacy. Perhaps because this information was presented in a somewhat humorous way, there were many reactions to the article. One reviewer commented, Cassidy is an associate dean at Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi (6300 Ocean Drive, Corpus Christi, TX 78412, USA). E-mail [email protected] tamucc.edu. Garcia teaches at the same university. Boggs teaches at Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas.
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surprising treatment of the controversial matter ap- peared. It may amuse some, and it may arouse a bit of reflection in others. It is well worth the time to take and we recommend you do. (Homer Carter Reading Council, 1978, p. 154) Over a decade ago, we decided to update the article; at that time there were very few research studies on which to base our answers. That piece was entitled “The SIQ-R Test: Assessing Knowledge of Gender Issues in Literacy Education” (Cassidy, Smith, Winkeljohann, Ball, & Blouch, 1994). It appeared in one of the last is- sues of the Journal of Reading before it was reti- tled the Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy .As The SIQ-III Test: Gender issues in literacy JOURNAL OF ADOLESCENT & ADULT LITERACY 49:2 OCTOBER 2005 143 ______1. There is some evidence that the word woman may be derived from woe-man (woe to man).
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