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ERIC Number: ED311406
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Pages: 27
Abstractor: N/A
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Values in American and Hispanic Children's Readers.
Knafle, June D.; And Others
A study was conducted to assess the values presented in American and Hispanic-American children's readers. The categories of primary interest on the value scale used include: positive behavior, positive feelings, negative behavior, negative feelings, traditional values, Judeo-Christian religious values, other religious values, and neutral values. The values scale was applied to two widely used basal reader series, Scott Foresman and Houghton Mifflin, grades one-four and to seven Hispanic basal reader series of variable grade level through grade four presently used in the Chicago area. An examination of the findings revealed noticeable differences between the two American series in the categories of neutral values, positive feelings, positive behavior, and negative feelings. The stories found in the Hispanic basal readers included values that have religious and traditional moralistic overtones along with very idealistic family values and roles. On the other hand, negative behavior was also presented, such as being drunk, fighting, and treating people cruelly. The Hispanic series examined were very much in accord with Hispanic culture, especially concerning Judeo-Christian religious values and traditional values, so these values are much more prescriptive in the Hispanic series than in the American series. While it seems that the American publishers have gone to a great deal of trouble not to be offensive to any group in a pluralistic society, such is not the case with the Hispanic basal readers. (Five tables of data are included and 18 references are attached.) (MG)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Illinois (Chicago)