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ERIC Number: ED054174
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
Pages: 201
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A Study of the Impact of Technology on Human Values as Reflected in Modern Science Fiction for Children.
Greenlaw, Marilyn Jean
The purpose of this study was to establish the extent to which children's science fiction reflected adult concern with technology and its impact on human values. Two instruments were designed. The first measured thematic analysis and consisted of six theme categories. The second measured content analysis and consisted of three value categories: individualism, privacy and "others"; and three inclusions of technology: nuclear power, automation, and massification of society. Analysis of the data showed that children's science fiction does include aspects of individualism, privacy, nuclear power, automation and massification of society. Furthermore, 48% of the books read and coded reflected concern with technology's impact on values. Because of the nature of science fiction, it can be used to develop critical thinking and reading, and can be used in relation with social studies and the study of history and science. This study established that children's science fiction is an important and respectable genre of literature. (Author/DB)
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Note: Ph.D. Dissertation, Michigan State University