GENDER-SENSITIVE LANGUAGE IN TEXTBOOKS: EXAMPLES OF GOOD PRACTICE
Keywords:gender equality, gender-sensitive language, education, textbooks, language norm, Board for Standardization of the Serbian Language.
Since the first national strategy (2009) aimed at eliminating discrimination
against women in all areas in the domain of public institutions, including education,
publishing houses which publish school textbooks have started to implement gendersensitive
language into their materials. Today, more than ten years later, gender-sensitive
language practice has already been introduced into many textbooks for elementary and
secondary schools. However, it still has not been approved by the Board for Standardization
of the Serbian Language. This paper presents examples of the use of gender-sensitive
language collected from 13 elementary school textbooks published in the period 2019-2022
and appproved by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development.
Based on those examples, which largely implemented the first proposals for the use of
gender-sensitive language formulated by Svenka Savić (Savić et al, 2010), it is possible to
create new recommendations for a more consistent use of language that would correspond to
the requirements of legal regulations in the field of gender equality as well as to the language