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ERIC Number: ED050078
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1969
Pages: 303
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A Descriptive Study of the Treatment of Personal Development in Selected Children's Fiction Books Awarded the Newbery Medal.
Hayden, Gretchen Purtell
This study analyzed how authors of selected books present their main character with regard to his personal development problems, how he resolves them, and what happens to his personal development in the process. On the basis of which Newbery Medal Award books were best suited for a study of how the main character develops, "Up A Road Slowly,""...And Now Miguel,""It's Like This, Cat," and "Johnny Tremain" were selected. The analysis was done through a series of precis, excerpts and analyses followed by a summary of findings. The schemata used for handling the data was developed on the basis of what psychologists, psychiatrists, sociologists, philosophers, and educators state are important concerns in child development. Though the books have diverse settings and problems treated, each has pervasive themes involving (1) difficulty of establishing good relationships between adult and child, (2) need for a mode of morality, (3) importance of support from another, (4) acceptance of self and others, (5) respect for authority, (6) ability to handle one's own problems, (7) necessity for cooperation, and (8) planning for short or long term goals. Findings suggested that good books offer a reader the chance to live vicariously and help him perceive alternatives in his struggle to balance his needs with society's. (Author/DD)
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