ERIC Number: ED052200
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
Certain Social Values in Tenth Grade Literature Anthologies: A Content Analysis.
Duggins, James Harry, Jr.
This content analysis examines social values in the tenth grade literature anthologies of four major publishers. Basic hypotheses deal with interrelationships of narrative sequence, thematic development, and world view. It was hypothesized that fiction would follow a predictable sequence and main characters would be aided by an outside force or agency. This study speculated that three different measures of social values content would intermesh and support each other. The procedures used were Propp's Morphological Analysis, Child, Potter, and Levine's Thema, and Kluckhohn's Value Oppositions. The initial hypotheses of this study were borne out by statistically significant differences. Overall reliability for the judges' estimations was .78. Not only does the study support the hypotheses, but the three instruments used to test them verify and augment each other. A major recommendation based upon the conclusions of this study is for materials expressing plurality of social values. (Author/CK)
Descriptors: Fiction, Grade 10, Hypothesis Testing, Instructional Materials, Literature, Measurement Instruments, Social Values
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Note: Ph.D. Dissertation, University of California, Berkeley