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Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)



First Advisor

Lloyd H. King

First Committee Member

Milton Lewis Mason

Second Committee Member

Juanita G. Curtis

Third Committee Member

Dewey W. Chambers

Fourth Committee Member

J. Phillip Wogaman


It was the purpose of this study to collect data concerning the presence of that content in the Newbery Medal Award winning books which may influence children’s learning of American middle-class moral and ethical values.

The investigator used the process of content analysis to gather data for answering the following questions: (1) Are American middle-class moral and ethical values present in this chosen list of books?; (2) If such value content is present, to what degree of frequency and intensity has it been found?; (3) What variations, if any, can be measured in the presence, frequency, and intensity of these values as they have been treated in five-year spans during the forty-five year period studied?; and (4) Is there evidence of trending in the data collected from this forty-five year period?