ERIC Number: ED181467
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Reference Count: 0
The Female Image in the Caldecott Medal Award Books. Monograph Number 2.
Roberts, Patricia L.
A content analysis of the 37 Caldecott Medal Award books was undertaken to determine to what extent these books, supposedly the models to which other children's picture story books should aspire, used stereotyped female images. Seven sex role behaviors were examined: the image of the female as subordinate to the other sex, as one who fails, as the nurturer, as the disciplinarian, as the caretaker of the home, as being seen mainly in the home environment, and as subordinate in business/professional occupations. The Content Analysis Form for the Female Image (CAFFI) was tested for reliability and used to record the frequency counts of the sex role behaviors that appeared in each of the books. Of the 14 hypotheses that were proposed, 11 were accepted, indicating that the female characters usually were portrayed as subordinate to the other sex in both the text and in illustrations. (RL)
Descriptors: Books, Childrens Literature, Content Analysis, Educational Research, Elementary Education, Females, Illustrations, Sex Discrimination, Sex Role, Sex Stereotypes
Director, Bureau of Educational Research and Field Services, School of Education, University of the Pacific, Stockton, CA 95211
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: University of the Pacific, Stockton, CA. Bureau of Educational Research and Field Services.
Identifiers: Caldecott Award