College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Feeling represented in high school can have an effect on academic performance. Does the literature taught in high schools represent the students who are reading them? By analyzing the supplemental book list (DCABL) approved by Davis County High School and coding the literary works into categories based on ethnicity and gender, these questions were answered:
- Does literature taught in high schools represent the students who are reading it in terms of ethnicity and gender?
- Does literature include selections written by authors from countries other than the USA or selections with a variety of racially diverse protagonists?
- Does the ratio of male to female authors/protagonists correlate with the ratio of male to female students?
Searle, Erin, "Are Davis County School District Students Represented in Their Schools' Literary Choices?" (2018). Research on Capitol Hill. Paper 84.