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A CONTACT ANALYSIS OF CALDECOTT MEDAL AND HONOR BOOKS FROM 2001-2011: EXAMINING GENDER ISSUES AND EQUITY IN 21ST CENTURY CHILDREN'S PICTURE BOOKS

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2012
Abstract/Description:
An abundance of research has been conducted about the importance of including books and literature as part of a young child's developmental process. Much of this research suggests that picture books are vital to a young child's healthy development and "are important influences that shape us by reflecting the politics and values of our society". This study was completed to analyze character roles and gender representation of male and female characters exclusively in children's picture books. The entire population of Caldecott Award and Honor Medal books published between 2001 and 2011 was utilized for a frequency analysis. Each Caldecott Award and Honor Medal book meeting this study's criteria was examined, read and analyzed. Books included only works of fiction and were delimited to exclude biographies, autobiographies, informational books, concept books and poetry. A total of 24 books were used in the data analysis. This research attempted to answer the following question: Are males and females equitably represented in recently published children's literature? From a content-analysis approach, within a historical perspective, this research aimed at examining if gender bias still dominates the literature, and if so, to what extent. The intellectual interest of this project is in discovering male and female presence and imagery in children's picture books.
Title: A CONTACT ANALYSIS OF CALDECOTT MEDAL AND HONOR BOOKS FROM 2001-2011: EXAMINING GENDER ISSUES AND EQUITY IN 21ST CENTURY CHILDREN'S PICTURE BOOKS.
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Name(s): Yello, Nicole, Author
Hoffman, Ph.D., Elizabeth S., Committee Chair
University of Central Florida, Degree Grantor
Type of Resource: text
Date Issued: 2012
Publisher: University of Central Florida
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: An abundance of research has been conducted about the importance of including books and literature as part of a young child's developmental process. Much of this research suggests that picture books are vital to a young child's healthy development and "are important influences that shape us by reflecting the politics and values of our society". This study was completed to analyze character roles and gender representation of male and female characters exclusively in children's picture books. The entire population of Caldecott Award and Honor Medal books published between 2001 and 2011 was utilized for a frequency analysis. Each Caldecott Award and Honor Medal book meeting this study's criteria was examined, read and analyzed. Books included only works of fiction and were delimited to exclude biographies, autobiographies, informational books, concept books and poetry. A total of 24 books were used in the data analysis. This research attempted to answer the following question: Are males and females equitably represented in recently published children's literature? From a content-analysis approach, within a historical perspective, this research aimed at examining if gender bias still dominates the literature, and if so, to what extent. The intellectual interest of this project is in discovering male and female presence and imagery in children's picture books.
Identifier: CFH0004186 (IID), ucf:44840 (fedora)
Note(s): 2012-05-01
B.S.
Education, School of Teaching, Learning and Leadership
Bachelors
This record was generated from author submitted information.
Subject(s): children's picture books
Caldecott
Honor
Medal
gender bias
sexism
equity
feminist
gender stereotypes
gender equity
equitable representation
sex-roles
stereotypes
sex-trait
gender identity
males
females
picture books
Weitzman et al
Caldecott Award and Honor Medal
children's books
literature elementary school
2001
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2011
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/ucf/fd/CFH0004186
Restrictions on Access: public
Host Institution: UCF

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