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ERIC Number: ED354527
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
Pages: 178
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A Study of Black Characters in Caldecott and Newbery Award and Honor Books for Children.
Gary, Doris Christine
A study investigated whether or not Black characters were portrayed in a negatively stereotyped manner in Caldecott and Newbery Award and Honor books from 1963 to 1983. The 21 books studied portrayed Black characters in significant roles. Each of the selected books was examined for negative racial stereotyping using a checklist adapted from an earlier study and a checklist of three categories (physical description, language, and status in the community). Results indicated that: (1) four of the books were classified as containing negatively stereotyped Black characters; (2) two of the Newbery books and five of the Caldecott books contained negative stereotyping in the area of physical description; (3) 10 of the Newbery books (but only one Caldecott winner) showed negative stereotyping in the area of language usage; and (4) one Newbery award winner and no Caldecott winners exhibited negative stereotypes in the area of status in the community. Findings suggest that checklists similar to those used in the study could aid authors in the writing process by reminding them of the positive values to be taught, and could be used by librarians, teachers, and parents to review children's literature. (Nine tables of data and three figures presenting checklists are included; lists of award-winning books, and evaluation charts are attached.) (RS)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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Language: English
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