Sustainable actions in picture storybooks for 4-to-6-year-olds: a content analysis study with respect to 7R

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The present study aimed to investigate picture storybooks in terms of 7R (Reduce, Reuse, Respect, Rethink, Reflect, Recycle, Redistribute) that addresses the three pillars (environmental, socio-cultural and economic) of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). In scope of the current study, 598 picture storybooks written for 4-6 year-olds that published between 1995 and 2014 were explored through content analysis. Results of this exploration pointed that 70.7% of the sample included at least one sustainable action in terms of one of the three pillars; 18.7% of them included action related to environmental pillar; 61% of them included actions related to socio-cultural pillar; and 6.7% of them included actions related to economic pillar. Findings revealed that the picture storybooks hold a great potential addressing ESD. However, pillar base reflections particularly for environmental and economic pillar are noticeably low. Furthermore, it was revealed that 15.1% of picture storybooks contained sustainable actions related to Reduce, 4.7% of them contained sustainable actions related to Reuse; 41.7% of them contained sustainable actions related to Respect, 14.5% of them contained sustainable actions related to Rethink, 9.5% of them contained sustainable actions related to Reflect, 0.7% of them contain sustainable actions related to Recycle, 6% of them contain sustainable actions related to Redistribute. Apart from those, it was found that 89.7% of the books do not introduce any specific concept related to ESD.


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Citation Formats
H. A. Alan, “Sustainable actions in picture storybooks for 4-to-6-year-olds: a content analysis study with respect to 7R,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2015.