Ideology in Text Books
Keywords:Implicit, explicit, world view, ideological values
The present study is an effort to probe ideological effects of textbooks on the minds of the young generation. It aims at exploring how textbooks are used in the propagation of various types of implicit and explicit ideologies to the readers and how their mindsets are shaped accordingly. The discourse of textbooks is always ideologically charged and reflects a certain type of worldview of a nation. The issues related to power, hegemony, identity, political ideology, gender and class differences are very effectively presented through discourse of the textbooks. The twofold function of textbooks is manifested in our educational institutions. First, they help authenticate and sustain the existing cultural, economic and political power; second, they disseminate ideological values and knowledge. Textbooks are considered to be the most powerful tools of disseminating different ideologies. The present study concentrates on the presence of religious ideology depicted in English Textbooks (Book I & Book III) published by Punjab Textbook Board taught at Intermediate level. Their effects on the minds of learners have been tried to explore by analysing data collected from these two textbooks.
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