Date of Award

1975

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)

Department

Education

First Advisor

Dewey W. Chambers

First Committee Member

Heath Lowry

Second Committee Member

Marjorie Bruce

Third Committee Member

Vicki Arnolt

Fourth Committee Member

Roy J. Timmons

Abstract

PROBLEM: Millions of children read and view the Caldecott Winners each year There are no published studies regarding the possible stereo-typing of the role of the human, animal and inanimate female image in the texts and illustrations of these 37 books.

Purpose: The. investigation ·was conducted to determine the extent the total population of the Caldecott books did stereo-type the role of the human, animal and inanimate female image.

Procedures: The investigation was completed in four steps: (1) First, a panel of sociologists determined the content validity of the definitions used in the hypothesis; (2) Second, a Content Analysis Form for the Female Image was developed using the definitions (CAFFI); (3) An inter-rater reliability for analyzing the books was established at .93; and (4) Finally, the investigator analyzed the 37 books independently,

Findings:

  1. That in one major case when measured by the content analysis form, the rater's perception of the stereotyping of the human, animal and inanimate female characters in the texts differed from the investigator's perception of the stereotyping of the female characters in the illustrations.
  2. That the Caldecott winners are not free. of the stereotyping of the female image.

Recommendations:

That descriptive and experimental studies be performed to explore the difference between reading a book and viewing the illustrations, and that cross-validation procedures be employed to determine if children's perceptions of the stereotyping of the female image in the books differ from the investigator's perceptions of the stereotyping of the female image &s measured by the content analysis form (CAFFI).

Pages

508

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