Dissertation Information for Margaret Gethers Scott
- Margaret Gethers Scott
- Library and Information Science
- Florida State University (USA) (1995)
- F. William Summers
- Mary Alice Hunt
- Diana Scott
- Doris H. Clack
MPACT Status: Fully Complete
Title: The portrayal of literacy in children's picture storybooks about African-Americans: A content analysis
Abstract: The dual purpose of this study was to identify a corpus of books which portrayed reading and writing while featuring African American characters in home, neighborhood, and other non-school community settings and to determine if differences existed in such portrayals by African American and non-African American authors and illustrators.
Twenty books were identified as relevant to the study. The text and illustrations of each book were analyzed according to two literacy portrayal categories which were further defined by six sub-categories and various category indicators and indicator exemplars. The two literacy portrayal categories were literacy displays and literacy events.
Both descriptive and statistical analyses were performed on the data. Descriptive analysis yielded the following findings: (1) The African American racial group offered the majority of literacy portrayals. (2) Within the African American racial group, African American illustrators offered almost three times as many literacy portrayals as African American authors. (3) The literacy displays category was portrayed far more frequently than the literacy events category. (4) When literacy events were portrayed, reading literacy events outnumbered writing literacy events. (5) Negative literacy portrayals were minimal. Statistical analysis determined that the African American racial group portrayed significantly more literacy displays and literacy events.