ERIC Number: EJ1071224
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 71
Investigating Shifts in Diverse Family Structures in Newbery Award and Honor Books Utilizing U.S. Census Data, 1930-2010
Despain, Shannon M.; Tunnell, Michael O.; Wilcox, Brad; Morrison, Timothy G.
Literacy Research and Instruction, v54 n4 p316-340 2015
Newbery Award and Honor books are a representation of children's literature, but family structures portrayed in them have not previously been studied. This prescriptive content analysis considered 87 contemporary realistic fiction Newbery winners and runners-up since the 1930s that portray families in English-speaking, Western settings. The family structures included in these books were compared with the various family structures reported in U.S. Census records. Results showed that the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s did not represent the actual family structures of their time periods. After the Age of New Realism began in the mid 1960s, the family structures in the books more closely matched family structures in the Census. The most recent books include many diverse family structures, but do not include traditional families.
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Family Structure, Content Analysis, Fiction, Awards, Census Figures, Correlation, Social History, United States History
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