ERIC Number: EJ1120165
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
"We're All Kids!" Picture Books and Cultural Awareness
Harrington, Judith M.
Social Studies, v107 n6 p244-256 2016
Picture books engage young learners across the elementary curriculum and can effectively help teach about a variety of social studies topics. Social studies may be a neglected subject in many elementary schools, but purposefully incorporating it through children's literature provides an effective means of advancing both literacy skills and social studies understanding. In this study, first graders from two different schools were each provided with five books related to social studies ideas as part of a summer reading program. A picture-sorting activity with six of the students as they began second grade found variations in cultural awareness. Students were found to display chauvinism and presentism more with images relating to a country they had not read about (China) than with one that was included in the books (Tanzania). This study found that providing students with opportunities to read picture books with text and images that accurately reflect contemporary life in different countries can help young students become attuned to cultural similarities and differences, which promotes cultural awareness.
Descriptors: Picture Books, Cultural Awareness, Elementary School Students, Social Studies, Childrens Literature, Grade 1, Summer Programs, Reading Programs, Grade 2, Interviews, Foreign Countries
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 1; Primary Education; Early Childhood Education; Grade 2
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Identifiers - Location: China; Tanzania
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