Reading over and under the waves: a study of ocean picture books for children

Francis, Prue F, Venzo, Paul and Bellgrove, Alecia 2021, Reading over and under the waves: a study of ocean picture books for children, Australian journal of environmental education, pp. 1-20, doi: 10.1017/aee.2021.4.

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Title Reading over and under the waves: a study of ocean picture books for children
Author(s) Francis, Prue FORCID iD for Francis, Prue F orcid.org/0000-0003-3354-0532
Venzo, PaulORCID iD for Venzo, Paul orcid.org/0000-0002-3140-9832
Bellgrove, AleciaORCID iD for Bellgrove, Alecia orcid.org/0000-0002-0499-3439
Journal name Australian journal of environmental education
Start page 1
End page 20
Total pages 20
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Place of publication Cambridge, Eng.
Publication date 2021-06-17
ISSN 0814-0626
2049-775X
Keyword(s) ocean literacy
marine education
children’s literature
curriculum
Summary Marine science picture books have the capacity to shape what young people know and how they think about ocean environments and marine biodiversity. Despite academic scholarship on marine science literacy broadly, relatively little has been done to study the role of picture books in teaching children about this topic. This paper is an attempt to fill that gap, by analysing 100 ocean-themed books against common marine science concepts and the Australian Science Understanding Curriculum streams. A majority of the 100 books analysed were found to link with marine science and the Australian Science Understanding Curriculum (81% and 91%, respectively) where biological concepts were dominant in both cases. Chemical and physical sciences were underrepresented in the 100 books analysed. The study provides examples of books that can be used for teaching marine education in primary schools in Australia and suggest further inquiry into marine science literature for children.
Notes In Press article
Language eng
DOI 10.1017/aee.2021.4
Indigenous content off
Field of Research 05 Environmental Sciences
13 Education
16 Studies in Human Society
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30152559

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