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Representations of the Moon in Children's Literature: An Analysis of Written and Visual Text

Kathy Cabe Trundle, Thomas H. Troland and T. Gail Pritchard
Journal of Elementary Science Education
Vol. 20, No. 1 (Winter 2008), pp. 17-28
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/43155811
Page Count: 12
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Representations of the Moon in Children's Literature: An Analysis of Written and Visual Text
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Abstract

This review focused on the written and visual representation of the moon in 80 children's books, including Caldecott Medal and Honor hooks over the past 20 years. Results revealed that many of these books misrepresent the moon and even reinforce misconceptions about lunar phases. Teachers who use children's literature that misrepresents the moon may unwittingly promote or reinforce alternative conceptions. Thus, teachers, parents, and library media specialists should be aware of common misconceptions about the moon appearing in children's literature. Such misconceptions may cause students to develop misunderstandings about scientific concepts. Examples of errors in children's literature are discussed.

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