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ERIC Number: ED117754
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Pages: 156
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Sex-Role Stereotyping and Male-Female Character Distribution in Popular, Prestigious, and Sex-Role Defining Children's Literature from 1959 to 1972.
Fraad, Harriet
This dissertation explored the extent and kind of sex-role stereotyping in popular, prestigious, and sex-role defining children's picture books printed between 1959 and 1972. The sample consisted of two categories of popular children's picture books, best-selling golden books and "New York Times" children's best-sellers, one category of Caldecott award winners, sex-role picture books, and women's liberation children's books. The basic instrument used in this dissertation was a checklist of 33 research-based male and female sex-role standards. The ratios of male and female characters to male and female stereotypes were compared. It was found that there was a male majority of total characters in all standard and sex-role definition books throughout the period under study; from 1959 to 1972 female stereotypes were disproportionately in excess of female characters in sex-role definition books and in all standard books with the exception of Caldecott award winners; in the pre-women's liberation period male and female frequent stereotypes were equally distributed in both standard and sex-role definition books, but in the post-women's liberation period these frequent stereotypes became overwhelmingly female in all but women's liberation books. (Author/RB)
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Note: Ed.D. Dissertation, Columbia University Teachers College