Educative experiences in picturebooks

Authors

  • Peggy Albers Georgia State University
  • Tuba Angay-Crowder Georgia State University
  • Caleb Collier Georgia State University
  • Cindy Fujimoto Georgia State University
  • Myoung Eun Pang Georgia State University
  • Jee Hye Park Georgia State University

Keywords:

Educative Experiences, Picturebooks, award-winning books, children’s literature

Abstract

This study explored the educative experiences in award-winning children’s picture books. Two questions framed a critical content analysis and critical visual discourse analysis approach: “What educative experiences do characters have in award-winning picture books?” and “To what extent are these experiences valuable and useful?” Using John Dewey’s theory of education, this article analyzed 132 picture books that received a Caldecott, Choice Book, or Jane Addams award between from 2008 to 2017. This article more closely analyzed books that in which characters had educative and mis-educative experiences. Findings indicate that educative experiences arise from significant experiences, and characters’ experiences carry positive messages but are miseducative. Identification of educative experiences supports educators’ approaches to reading award-winning children’s literature, identifying significant experiences, and understanding how these experiences become critical and democratic approaches to children’s learning.

Author Biographies

Peggy Albers, Georgia State University

Peggy Albers is a professor of Language and Literacy at the College of Education, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA. She can be contacted at malbers2@gsu.edu.

Tuba Angay-Crowder, Georgia State University

Tuba Angay-Crowder is the coordinator of the online ESOL and reading programs, and an adjunct professor of ESOL and Literacy Education in the College of Education at Georgia State University. Research interests include Language Teacher Education and Identities, Multimodal Literacies, and Culturally Sustaining Pedagogies. She can be reached at tangay1@gsu.edu.

Caleb Collier, Georgia State University

Caleb Collier is a doctoral student in Language and Literacy, at College of Education, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA, U.S.A; e-mail ccollier19@student.gsu.edu  

Cindy Fujimoto, Georgia State University

Cindy Fujimoto is a doctoral student in Language and Literacy, at College of Education, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA, U.S.A; e-mail chfujimoto@gmail.com

Myoung Eun Pang, Georgia State University

Myoung Eun Pang is a doctoral student in Language and Literacy, at College of Education, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA, U.S.A; e-mail mpang2@student.gsu.edu

Jee Hye Park, Georgia State University

Jee Hye Park is a doctoral student in Language and Literacy, at College of Education, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA, U.S.A; e-mail jpark91@sgsu.edu

Published

2020-05-15

How to Cite

Albers, P., Angay-Crowder, T., Collier, C. ., Fujimoto, C. ., Pang, M. E., & Park, J. H. (2020). Educative experiences in picturebooks . FIRE: Futuristic Implementations of Research in Education, 1(1), 2-12. Retrieved from http://firejournal.org/index.php/fire/article/view/10

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