The role of informal curriculum on citizenship education: Gender representations in TV and students’gender stereotypes.
The present study is a long-term project funded for three years by the Cyprus Research Promotion Foundation. The project was entitled “Gender mainstreaming in the Mass Media of Cyprus and the relationship with the perceptions of youth. Comparison with the EU policy" and it aimed at awareness rising in gender issues, at the Mass Media as well as in the role of informal curriculum in students' perceptions. The study was conducted in Cyprus during the period 2004-2007 with a threefold aim, first to investigate the gender representations in TV, second to compare them with primary and secondary students' perceptions and third to compare the gender representations and students perceptions with the European Union? s indicators of mainstreaming policy. In this context the present study investigated the role of TV broadcasting- as an important agent of informal education - in the formation of youth gender stereotypes.
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