Silenced and invisible historical figures in Zambia : an analysis of the visual portrayal of women in senior secondary school history textbooks

Show simple item record Mboyonga, Edward 2022-10-14T10:04:32Z 2022-10-14T10:04:32Z 2022-08-29 2021
dc.description.abstract Despite their significant contribution to the country’s historical development, women’s influence is commonly underestimated and ignored in Zambian history literature. Subsequently, their role remains undocumented in secondary school textbooks to the extent that the sex blindness of traditional historiography, which sustains male dominance in history, remains unchallenged in the books. Through a qualitative approach and purposive sampling of two Zambian secondary school Grade 12 learners’ history textbooks, the study examined the portrayal of women. Located within the decoloniality paradigm, it counters the coloniality of power manifested through the insularity of dominant patriarchal historical narratives entrenched in the secondary school history curriculum, largely reflecting the remnants of colonial epistemologies and historiographical traditions. The findings in both textbooks reveal that the female characters are silenced and invisible compared to their male counterparts, reflecting the patriarchy hegemony in the secondary school Zambian history curriculum. In decolonising colonial power manifested in the curriculum, the study recommends mainstreaming gender equality in the history curricula and teaching and learning materials, mainly the learners' textbooks, to reflect women’s achievements. en_US
dc.description.librarian pm2022 en_US
dc.description.uri en_US
dc.format.extent 22 pages en_US
dc.identifier.citation Mboyonga, E. (2022). Silenced and Invisible Historical Figures in Zambia: An Analysis of the Visual Portrayal of Women in Senior Secondary School History Textbooks. Yesterday &Amp; Today Journal for History Education in South Africa and Abroad, 26(1). en_US
dc.identifier.issn 2223-0386 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 2309-9003 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.17159/2223-0386/2021/n26a6
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher South African Society for History Teaching (SASHT) en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Yesterday & Today vol. 26 (2021) en_US
dc.rights © 2021. The South African Society for History Teaching (SASHT). This work is published under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license (CC BY 4.0). en_US
dc.subject Decoloniality en_US
dc.subject Visual images en_US
dc.subject Gender en_US
dc.subject History textbooks en_US
dc.subject Secondary school en_US
dc.subject Women en_US
dc.subject Zambia en_US
dc.title Silenced and invisible historical figures in Zambia : an analysis of the visual portrayal of women in senior secondary school history textbooks en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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