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Once Upon an Encounter

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Title: Once Upon an Encounter A Content Analysis of Selected Children's Literature Portraying the Encounter of Christopher Columbus and the Taino People
Physical Description: 1 online resource (415 p.)
Language: english
Creator: Sabis-Burns, Donna
Publisher: University of Florida
Place of Publication: Gainesville, Fla.
Publication Date: 2009

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords: 1492, arawak, children, christopher, columbus, literature, taino
Teaching and Learning -- Dissertations, Academic -- UF
Genre: Curriculum and Instruction (ISC) thesis, Ph.D.
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theses   ( marcgt )
government publication (state, provincial, terriorial, dependent)   ( marcgt )
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Electronic Thesis or Dissertation

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Abstract: ONCE UPON AN ENCOUNTER: A CONTENT ANALYSIS OF SELECTED CHILDREN S LITERATURE PORTRAYING THE ENCOUNTER OF CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS AND THE TAINO PEOPLE Teachers strive to create an environment for children that is all-embracing because they know that when children feel accepted they will become happy, healthy, and confident members of society. This spirit of inclusiveness should permeate not only the social dynamic in the classroom but the teaching materials as well. Children s books that are endowed with social justice themes and multicultural issues provide a much richer reading experience than texts with homogenous characters and unchallenging stories. The depictions of one group that would benefit from this approach is the Taino people. To many people the Taino name remains foreign and obscure. Despite being of central importance to the story of Christopher Columbus s voyages readers know them simply as the Indians or Natives that Columbus encountered. Children that have learned of Christopher Columbus and his travels know little of these people, their culture, or the impact that Columbus had on their way of life. This research, informed and guided by critical literacy and critical multicultural theories, has been designed to gauge the extent to which literature addressed the Taino people and their role in history. A survey was sent to teachers and librarians from around the country to collect the titles of books recently shared with students to honor Columbus Day. This collection represents the data sample for this study. Once the data were collected, a content analysis was conducted using a unique rubric developed specifically for this research. The sample of books was evaluated based on a rubric that contained five criteria. These criteria assessed if a comprehensive inclusion of the Taino people were present in books about Columbus s voyages. Analyses revealed that teachers continue to rely on older books and those that do not provide information about the Taino people within the story. As these books were reviewed, the data revealed that the books being used in classrooms today are not indicative of quality books that serve to appropriately represent a people to whom history impacted in monumental levels. The research yielded a list of recommended books so that teachers and librarians can select stories that include the Taino people as part of this history in a more comprehensive manner.
General Note: In the series University of Florida Digital Collections.
General Note: Includes vita.
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references.
Source of Description: Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page.
Source of Description: This bibliographic record is available under the Creative Commons CC0 public domain dedication. The University of Florida Libraries, as creator of this bibliographic record, has waived all rights to it worldwide under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights, to the extent allowed by law.
Statement of Responsibility: by Donna Sabis-Burns.
Thesis: Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Florida, 2009.
Local: Adviser: Lowery, Ruth M.
Local: Co-adviser: Lamme, Linda L.
Electronic Access: RESTRICTED TO UF STUDENTS, STAFF, FACULTY, AND ON-CAMPUS USE UNTIL 2010-02-28

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Source Institution: UFRGP
Rights Management: Applicable rights reserved.
Classification: lcc - LD1780 2009
System ID: UFE0024644:00001

Permanent Link: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UFE0024644/00001

Material Information

Title: Once Upon an Encounter A Content Analysis of Selected Children's Literature Portraying the Encounter of Christopher Columbus and the Taino People
Physical Description: 1 online resource (415 p.)
Language: english
Creator: Sabis-Burns, Donna
Publisher: University of Florida
Place of Publication: Gainesville, Fla.
Publication Date: 2009

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords: 1492, arawak, children, christopher, columbus, literature, taino
Teaching and Learning -- Dissertations, Academic -- UF
Genre: Curriculum and Instruction (ISC) thesis, Ph.D.
bibliography   ( marcgt )
theses   ( marcgt )
government publication (state, provincial, terriorial, dependent)   ( marcgt )
born-digital   ( sobekcm )
Electronic Thesis or Dissertation

Notes

Abstract: ONCE UPON AN ENCOUNTER: A CONTENT ANALYSIS OF SELECTED CHILDREN S LITERATURE PORTRAYING THE ENCOUNTER OF CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS AND THE TAINO PEOPLE Teachers strive to create an environment for children that is all-embracing because they know that when children feel accepted they will become happy, healthy, and confident members of society. This spirit of inclusiveness should permeate not only the social dynamic in the classroom but the teaching materials as well. Children s books that are endowed with social justice themes and multicultural issues provide a much richer reading experience than texts with homogenous characters and unchallenging stories. The depictions of one group that would benefit from this approach is the Taino people. To many people the Taino name remains foreign and obscure. Despite being of central importance to the story of Christopher Columbus s voyages readers know them simply as the Indians or Natives that Columbus encountered. Children that have learned of Christopher Columbus and his travels know little of these people, their culture, or the impact that Columbus had on their way of life. This research, informed and guided by critical literacy and critical multicultural theories, has been designed to gauge the extent to which literature addressed the Taino people and their role in history. A survey was sent to teachers and librarians from around the country to collect the titles of books recently shared with students to honor Columbus Day. This collection represents the data sample for this study. Once the data were collected, a content analysis was conducted using a unique rubric developed specifically for this research. The sample of books was evaluated based on a rubric that contained five criteria. These criteria assessed if a comprehensive inclusion of the Taino people were present in books about Columbus s voyages. Analyses revealed that teachers continue to rely on older books and those that do not provide information about the Taino people within the story. As these books were reviewed, the data revealed that the books being used in classrooms today are not indicative of quality books that serve to appropriately represent a people to whom history impacted in monumental levels. The research yielded a list of recommended books so that teachers and librarians can select stories that include the Taino people as part of this history in a more comprehensive manner.
General Note: In the series University of Florida Digital Collections.
General Note: Includes vita.
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references.
Source of Description: Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page.
Source of Description: This bibliographic record is available under the Creative Commons CC0 public domain dedication. The University of Florida Libraries, as creator of this bibliographic record, has waived all rights to it worldwide under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights, to the extent allowed by law.
Statement of Responsibility: by Donna Sabis-Burns.
Thesis: Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Florida, 2009.
Local: Adviser: Lowery, Ruth M.
Local: Co-adviser: Lamme, Linda L.
Electronic Access: RESTRICTED TO UF STUDENTS, STAFF, FACULTY, AND ON-CAMPUS USE UNTIL 2010-02-28

Record Information

Source Institution: UFRGP
Rights Management: Applicable rights reserved.
Classification: lcc - LD1780 2009
System ID: UFE0024644:00001


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