The “Nuts and Dolts” of Teacher Images in Children’s Picture Storybooks
According to the content analysis, the teacher in the storybooks was mainly portrayed as a white, non-Hispanic woman. Additionally, the authors noted only eight (8) representations of African-American teachers, where only three of them were the protagonists of the books. Sandefur and Leeann goes on to note that; two Asians, no native Americans, and no other persons of color are shown in the 96 teacher images, making the total number of culturally diverse images represented only 11% of the overall total. Of the 96 teacher images examined, only 40 were demonstrative of teacher efficacy. As such, majority of the teacher images depicted in storybooks characterizes teachers as flat, static and unchanging. Several mentions are made, throughout the discourse of the analysis, to the “nameless teacher” and her harsh and unbecoming character portrayed in children storybooks. In concluding, the authors stated that they found bias, prejudice and stereotypical presentations of characters in children’s books. Finally, they lamented that the potential to paint realistic portraits of teachers is present, but little evidence is seen of the desire to construct such an image.
I found this content analysis to be very informative yet thought provoking.