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ERIC Number: ED419879
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Pages: 68
Abstractor: N/A
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African-American Student Response to Images of African-Americans in Children's Picture Books.
McKenzie, Ray D.; Johnstone, Adrienne
This study investigated African-American student response to images of African-Americans in picture books. Study participants included 20 fifth-grade students, 9 girls and 11 boys. The study used five picture books featuring African-Americans as main characters and ranked the books on a continuum from "most positive" to "most negative" images. Criteria are detailed. Students were read the five books and then asked to complete a survey. Findings indicate that presence of stereotypical images does not affect which books students prefer to read. While identifying stereotypical features of images, students did not make judgments based on the offensive nature of these features. They were not aware of the context in which stereotypes existed, but they often disliked the same racist, stereotypical images. These findings suggest the need for interventions by teachers. An appendix includes the study questionnaire. (Contains 13 tables and 23 references.) (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
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Language: English
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