ERIC Number: ED188852
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974
Reference Count: 0
10 Quick Ways to Analyze Children's Books for Racism and Sexism.
Racism and Sexism Resource Center for Educators, New York, NY.
The 10 guidelines in this guide to analyzing children's books serve as a starting point for evaluating children's literature from the perspective of racist and sexist attitudes. (1) Check the illustrations. Look for stereotypes, for tokenism, and for who's doing what. (2) Check the story lines. Look for subtle forms of bias in such approaches as standards for success, resolution of problems, and the role of women. (3) Look at the lifestyles. Are minority persons depicted in unfavorable contrast with white middle-class suburbanites? (4) Weigh the relationships between people. Do whites in the story possess the power, take the leadership, etc.? (5) Note the heroes. Are minority heroes admired for the same qualities that have made white heroes famous? (6) Consider the effects on a child's self-image. Are norms established which limit the child's aspirations and self-concepts? (7) Consider the author's or illustrator's background. Is there anything in that background to specifically recommend this person as the creator of the book? (8) Check out the author's perspective. Does the direction of the perspective weaken or strengthen the book? (9) Watch for loaded words. Does a word have insulting overtones? (10) Look at the copyright date. Pre-1970 books may well be biased. (AN)
Descriptors: Books, Childhood Attitudes, Childrens Literature, Elementary Secondary Education, Ethnic Stereotypes, Evaluation Criteria, Evaluation Methods, Minority Groups, Racial Attitudes, Racial Bias, Self Concept, Sex Bias, Sex Stereotypes, Textbook Evaluation
The Council on Interracial Books for Children, 1841 Broadway, New York, NY 10023 ($.25 ea., 100 for $7.50)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Council on Interracial Books for Children, Inc., New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Racism and Sexism Resource Center for Educators, New York, NY.
Note: Not available in paper copy due to publisher's preference.