Representations of Environmental Literacy: A content analysis of picture storybooks for 48-72-month-old children

Özgül, Tuba
This study aimed to investigate the representations of Environmental Literacy components, including environmental knowledge, affective dispositions toward the environment, environmentally responsible behaviors, and environmental skills, in picture storybooks for 48-72-month-old children. Within the scope of the study, 755 picture storybooks published between the years 2010 and 2021 were investigated through content analysis. The appropriate picture storybooks for the inclusion criteria in the Nasreddin Hoca Children's Library in Çankaya, Ankara were examined with the Environmental Literacy codebook developed by the researcher. The characteristics of picture storybooks were analyzed according to publication year, publisher, translation, and award-winning status. Major findings of the study revealed that Environmental Literacy components were observable in 66.7% of titles, 98.9% of cover pictures, and 99.6% of illustrations of picture storybooks. 99.6% of plots in picture storybooks are fully presented, and 7.4% of plots partially presented at least one component of Environmental Literacy. Research findings have shown that picture storybooks have great potential in terms of providing environmental knowledge, affective dispositions toward the environment, and environmentally responsible behaviors. However, environmental skills were presented very rarely in picture storybooks. In the light of the study findings, various implementations and recommendations for authors, publishers, teachers, parents, and researchers are presented.


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Citation Formats
T. Özgül, “Representations of Environmental Literacy: A content analysis of picture storybooks for 48-72-month-old children,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2022.