ERIC Number: ED423898
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-May
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A Comparison of Multicultural Characters in the Annotations of Two Recommended High School Reading Lists Published Thirty-One Years Apart.
Klein, Margaret E.
This content analysis sought to examine the annotations in two editions of "Books for You" (a recommended reading list for high school students) published thirty-one years apart (1964 and 1995) to determine if the roles, settings, and importance of multicultural characters has changed in any way. The percentage of annotations was compared to United States Census population, including the following ethnic groups: African American, Native American, Asian/Pacific Islanders, Hispanic Americans, and those of mixed race. The results of the study show that the percentage of multicultural literature on this recommended reading list increased from 1964 to 1995 for all but Asian/Pacific Islanders. There was a dramatic increase in the number of books with settings in the United States. With the exception of Asian/Pacific Islanders, multicultural characters increased in importance. In general, the roles these characters occupied became somewhat less stereotypical, but not necessarily more varied. The results of the comparison to the United States Census were mixed, with some groups being overrepresented and others being underrepresented. A literature review is included. Data are represented in table form. Two appendices contain long and short forms of annotation coding sheets. (DLS)
Descriptors: Adolescent Literature, American Indians, Asian Americans, Bibliographies, Blacks, Books, Census Figures, Characterization, Culturally Relevant Education, Educational Trends, Ethnic Stereotypes, High Schools, Hispanic Americans, Multicultural Education, Pacific Islanders, Reading Materials, Role
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses; Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
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