The Depiction of Information Technology in Children's Picture Books

by Dimac, Lynn

Abstract (Summary)
Using the method of content analysis, this study examines a random selection of 115 children's picture books and 370 picture book catalog records in the Chapel Hill Public Library's children's collection and OPAC in order to record the depiction of information technology. Utilizing a limited definition of the phrase information technology, the titles, front and back covers, title pages, body text and body illustrations of each book are examined and coded for content, as are the summaries and subject headings contained in the catalog records. The resulting data is analyzed for patterns or anomalies (or the lack of either) in several areas including the following: changes across time, similarities and differences between textual content and the content of illustrations, and thematic approaches to the topic.

The study finds an increased presence of information technology in picture books, particularly in the illustrations, but few instances of information technology playing a key thematic role in picture books.

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 evaluation information technology picture books


Date of Publication:04/06/2008

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