An Expansion on Ethnic Minorities and Women’s Roles in Educational Media and the Theories Affecting Learners, Learning and Contemporary Society

  • Lee McGowan Education Studies, Liverpool John Moores University
Keywords: Gender, Media, Race, Representation, Women


This paper explores the role and representation of ethnic minorities and women in educational mainstream media. Two key case studies are presented, namely Dora the Explorer and Black Panther as author discusses the impact of representation on young people. Social Constructivism and social learning theory are applied to consider theories affecting learners, learning and contemporary society. The author argues that society is beginning to see more programmes stepping away from gender and racial stereotypes. Further, the author concludes that theories such as social learning theory will continue to play a crucial part in children’s social and cultural development.