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ERIC Number: ED546498
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 136
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-2676-6440-2
Representacion E Identidad: Content Analysis of Latina Biographies for Primary and Preadolescent Children Published 1955-2010
Lara, Margaret A.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi
This study discusses the results of a content analysis of 75 Latina biographies for primary and pre-adolescent students that were published over a 16-year period, spanning from 1995 to 2010. Significant to this study was how Latinas were represented in the biographies and what changes can be seen over time. Using a rubric based on research by Rocha & Dowd (1993), Ramirez & Dowd (1997), and Naidoo (2006), the corpus was analyzed for" demographics," "analysis of character traits," "narrative analysis," "analysis of media," and "language." There were 33 different Latinas represented in the 75 biographies analyzed from the 16-year period. Moreover, the group of Latinas represents only eight countries (Chile, Columbia, Cuba, Ecuador, Honduras, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Venezuela) with the majority of the women coming from Mexico and Cuba. In addition to these findings regarding country of origin, the frequencies of the major occupational roles of the Latinas is documented, as well as an analysis of character traits that are used to describe the women. Employing the terms of "la facultad" (knowing through experience and intuition), "sobrevivir" (to survive and beyond), "convivir" (to learn together in community), and "narrar" (narrative storytelling) from Delgado Bernal, Elenes, Godinez and Villenas (2006), the researcher was able to uncover patterns of the knowledge and strength that these women draw from. Analysis of media included examining the photographs of the Latinas featured in the biographies for young children. The study also examined the language (bilingual/code-switching) used in the Latina biographies and examples of the need for diversity in the publications. In addition to providing a reliable evaluative tool for selecting biographies about Latinas, the analysis indicated that fair representation of Latinas in the images is not always "fair" and that the featured characters should be shown in a more appropriate manner for young children. This study found that the current number of available biographies about Latinas was relatively small; content analysis showed that the occupational roles represented did not reflect the contributions of past or current strides made by Latinas within various educational, professional and political fields. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Chile; Colombia; Cuba; Ecuador; Honduras; Mexico; Puerto Rico; Venezuela