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dc.contributor.authorBeaumont, Ellen S.
dc.contributor.authorBriers, Erin
dc.contributor.authorHarrison, Emma
dc.date.accessioned2019-10-07T14:17:28Z
dc.date.available2019-10-07T14:17:28Z
dc.date.issued2019-08-08
dc.identifier.citationBeaumont, E. S., Briers, E., and Harrison, E. (2019). 'Slow on the draw: the representation of turtles, terrapins and tortoises in children’s literature'. Early Childhood Educational Journal, (47)6, pp, 1-7. DOI: 10.1007/s10643-019-00966-0.en_US
dc.identifier.issn10823301
dc.identifier.doi10.1007/s10643-019-00966-0
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10545/624195
dc.description.abstractChildren’s picture books, both fiction and non-fiction, play a vital role in introducing the reader to the natural world. Here we examine the representation of turtles, terrapins and tortoises (Testudines) in 204 English language picture books and find a mean of 3.9 (SD 9.1) basic biological errors per book. Only 83 (40.7%) of the examined books were found to be error-free in the representation of Testudines, with no significant improvement in biological accuracy being observed over time (book publication date range 1974–2017). Suggestions are made as to how biological accuracy of children’s literature could be improved to help foster children’s understanding and wonder of the natural world. Fantasy and imagination have an important role within children’s literature, but here it is argued that the books children read should support future generations having sufficient understanding of the natural world to imagine the solutions to current environmental problems. A role of children’s picture books should not be to reinforce biological illiteracy.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipThis work was supported by a University of Derby Undergraduate Research Scholarship Scheme Grant (Grant Number URSS17-004) awarded to Erin Briers.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherSpringeren_US
dc.relation.urlhttps://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10643-019-00966-0en_US
dc.rightsAttribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 United States*
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/us/*
dc.subjectEducationen_US
dc.subjectPicture booksen_US
dc.subjectRelationship with natureen_US
dc.subjectEnvironmental educationen_US
dc.subjectEmergent environmental awarenessen_US
dc.titleSlow on the draw: the representation of turtles, terrapins and tortoises in children’s literatureen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.eissn15731707
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Derbyen_US
dc.contributor.departmentThe Orkney Campus of Heriot-Watt University, Stromnessen_US
dc.identifier.journalEarly Childhood Education Journalen_US
dcterms.dateAccepted2019-08-08
dc.author.detail780926en_US


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