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ERIC Number: EJ1070451
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1307-9298
Questioning the Validity of a State Reading List
Berridge, Gina; Thomas, Jeff
International Electronic Journal of Elementary Education, v5 n2 p143-156 2013
Quality incorporation of children's literature has long been supported to help students learn. The purpose of this study was to examine the 79 fiction selections of our state's sponsored reading list for grades K-2. The list was examined for original publication date, selections recognized as award winners, sex of authors, sex of protagonist, race of protagonists, and the presence of gender or racial bias. Results indicate the sponsored reading list is out of date, needs to contain more award winning selections, and fails to represent a balance of women authors and selections containing female protagonists. Gender bias was minimal and no presence of racial bias was observed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Primary Education; Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education; Kindergarten; Grade 1; Grade 2
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Indiana
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A