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The Human Elements of Child Story Books
International Journal of Literature and Arts
Volume 7, Issue 2, March 2019, Pages: 38-42
Received: Jan. 24, 2019; Accepted: Mar. 18, 2019; Published: May 20, 2019
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Alebachew Mohammed Legas, Department of Psychology, Faculty of Social Science and Humanities, Debre Tabor University, Debre Tabor, Ethiopia
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Research has established that the transfer of knowledge is facilitated by similarity between the context in which the information is learned and the context in which it is to be applied. However, many learning contexts designed for young children reduce the similarity between learning and transfer by using fantasy contexts and or fantasy characters to teach information that is meant to be applied in the real world. Among this context the representation of human in the story plot Is an important focus thus, the general objective of this study is to assess the representation of human in Ethiopian child story books. To conduct a content analysis 30 teacher in 6 preschools rated the story books they mostly used to read or refer for story telling for children. Through this method the top rated 12 books were selected for analysis which contains a total of 97 stories. The finding indicates that majority of the story’s 60 (61.83%) bases their story’s animal vs animal character, 31 (31.95%) of the story mentioned about the family type. Among which 13 (41.93%) of them are two parents, 14 (45.16%) of single parent of which 8 (57.14%) of them are single mom and 6 (42.86%) single dad. Regarding child representation only 18 (18.75%) of them involve children in the character of the story. Finally, the finding indicates 7 (7.21%) of the story portrayed people with special need as their central character. Among which only 2 (28.57%) of story represented people with special need in a appositive way. Thus, human representations in child story books are less emphasized and many focuses are given to the anthropomorphism character.
Child, Family, Human Element, Special Need, Story Book
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Alebachew Mohammed Legas, The Human Elements of Child Story Books, International Journal of Literature and Arts. Vol. 7, No. 2, 2019, pp. 38-42. doi: 10.11648/j.ijla.20190702.11
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