A content analysis of text in children's picture books with regard to the inclusion of geographical concepts


KORKMAZ A., ÖZBAY İ., DEDEOĞLU H.

EUROPEAN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION RESEARCH JOURNAL, 2022 (SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/1350293x.2022.2140816
  • Journal Name: EUROPEAN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION RESEARCH JOURNAL
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus, EBSCO Education Source, Education Abstracts, Educational research abstracts (ERA), ERIC (Education Resources Information Center), DIALNET
  • Keywords: Geography, early childhood, picture books, content analysis, WHOLE WORLD
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: Yes

Abstract

This article contains a representative listing of fictional children's literature titles, which relate to selected geographic concepts. Texts in the picture books were examined based on their geographical concepts. Within the scope of the research, 82 picture storybooks selected through the criterion sampling method were analyzed via content analysis. Expressions devoted to location, place, interaction between human and environment, action and region themes were identified in the analyzed picture books. While statements regarding physical characteristics of at most one place seem to exist in the abovementioned expressions, these statements were determined to emphasize biodiversity the most. On the other hand, expressions about the region theme were seen to be the least in the picture books. Based on the obtained results, fulfilling the need for picture books including different geographical concepts was recommended.