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ERIC Number: ED083611
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972
Pages: 138
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An Analysis of Values and Social Action in Multi-Racial Children's Literature.
Madison, John Paul
Value content and social actions were identified and analyzed in this study of 32 children's books containing interracial, intercultural settings and situations. To be included in the sample each book had to be (1) realistic, (2) contemporary, (3) fictional, (4) within the reading ability of children between 10 and 15 years of age, (5) published between 1960 and 1971, and had to contain (6) main characters whose ages ranged from 9 to 17 and (7) problems which were in some way related to the racial and or cultural background of the main character. Results showed that more than half of the settings were urban and that 17 of the main characters were Negro, 3 were white, 5 were American Indian, 5 had Spanish-speaking backgrounds, and 2 were of Oriental descent. In 11 of the books no white children appeared. Additionally, 40 value categories were present in the episodes, with values of aggression, happiness, family love, friendship, emotional security, and self-regard found most often. Of the 40 value categories, 29 contained negative expressions of value. And out of 40 types of social action, 35 were identified, with those between children occurring most often and those initiated by a majority group child toward a minority group adult occurring least often. (Author/HOD)
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Note: Ed.D. Dissertation, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign