Choosing Morality : comparing children's book choices with adult-chosen children's books

by Woodcock, C

Abstract (Summary)
This study investigates the differences in the kind of morality in children’s books chosen by adults as opposed to the kind of morality in children’s books chosen by children. In previous literature, two distinct views of children’s moral thinking emerge: that children and adults think quite differently about morality, and that children understand moral content in books in ways similar to adults. Using these ideas, I investigated 22 children’s books, half chosen by adults and half by children, identifying and analyzing moral themes regarding respect and responsibility. The results of this study identify ways adults and children think similarly about morality in children’s literature. These similarities and differences are important for caregivers working with children, who strive to understand more fully the impact books can have on children’s moral identity and choices, assessing ways educators, parents, and librarians can best serve children’s interests.
Bibliographical Information:

Advisor:Brian Sturm

School:University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

School Location:USA - North Carolina

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:children s literature morals and reading


Date of Publication:05/06/0004

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