An ethnographic content analysis of children’s fiction picture books reflecting African American culture published 2001-2005

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dc.contributor.author Nephew, Irene J.
dc.date.accessioned 2009-11-03T14:31:28Z
dc.date.available 2009-11-03T14:31:28Z
dc.date.issued 2009-11-03T14:31:28Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2097/2067
dc.description.abstract An ethnographic content analysis was conducted to explore the African American cultural content contained in the text of picture books portraying African Americans published 2001 through 2005. The picture books were limited to beginning readers, stories in rhyme and poetry, historical fiction, fictional biography, and contemporary fiction portraying African Americans and set in the U.S. The books were categorized based on the genre to which they belong and classified as generic books or books with African American cultural content. The African American cultural content in the books in the study was compared to the cultural content contained in picture books in a survey conducted by Rudine Sims Bishop in 1982. Differences between the work of African Americans and non African Americans are discussed. A data collection instrument was constructed and used by several additional raters to test the reliability of the instrument. Each additional rater was given an operational definition for generic books and books with cultural content. The raters were each given one book to evaluate. The research revealed (1) that more than half of the picture books published during the period of this study were classified as generic, (2) in most cases, only the books written by African Americans contained cultural content and (3) more than half of the picture books with cultural content are classified as historical fiction. (4) Although it is possible for a non African American to write an authentic picture book with cultural content, such books are usually the result of in depth research. (5) During the period of this study, not all generic picture books were written by non African Americans; some African American authors choose to write generic books portraying African Americans with minimal content specific to African American culture. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Kansas State University en
dc.subject Multicultural literature en_US
dc.subject African American childrens' literature en_US
dc.title An ethnographic content analysis of children’s fiction picture books reflecting African American culture published 2001-2005 en_US
dc.type Dissertation en_US
dc.description.degree Doctor of Philosophy en_US
dc.description.level Doctoral en_US
dc.description.department Department of Secondary Education en_US
dc.description.advisor Jacqueline D. Spears en_US
dc.description.advisor BeEtta L. Stoney en_US
dc.subject.umi Education, Bilingual and Multicultural (0282) en_US
dc.subject.umi Education, Curriculum and Instruction (0727) en_US
dc.subject.umi Education, Language and Literature (0279) en_US
dc.date.published 2009 en_US
dc.date.graduationmonth December en_US


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