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ERIC Number: EJ1120285
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Beyond Mirrors and Windows: A Critical Content Analysis of Latinx Children's Books
Braden, Eliza G.; Rodriguez, Sanjuana C.
Journal of Language and Literacy Education, v12 n2 p56-83 Fall 2016
This critical content analysis examines the representation of Latinx characters in 15 picture books published in 2013 and identified by Children's Cooperative Book Center (CCBC) as having significant Latinx content. The theoretical framework undergirding this study is Critical Race Theory (Ladson-Billings, 1998; Solórzano & Yosso, 2002; Taylor, 2009; Yosso, Villalpando, Delgado Bernal, & Solórzano, 2001). This theory is used to uncover the assumptions and ideologies that are often represented in children's literature. The results of this study indicate that (1) English is privileged in the texts, (2) superficial references to cultural artifacts are present, (3) traditional female centered roles are prevalent, and (4) authors situated books within a utopian society. The authors use these findings to argue for the importance of making curricular decisions with critical attention to text selections and the engagement of young children in critical literacy in early childhood and elementary classrooms.
Descriptors: Content Analysis, Childrens Literature, Picture Books, Critical Theory, Race, English, Sex Role, Females, Reading Material Selection, Critical Literacy, Learner Engagement, Early Childhood Education, Elementary School Students, Hispanic American Students
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Information Analyses; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education
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