Textbooks, a vivid mirror of culture : a comparative study of animal materials in American elementary reading textbooks and Chinese elementary language textbooks

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dc.contributor.advisor Merten, Don E. en_US
dc.contributor.author Ma, Chunhui en_US
dc.coverage.spatial n-us--- a-cc--- en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2011-06-03T19:36:07Z
dc.date.available 2011-06-03T19:36:07Z
dc.date.created 1992 en_US
dc.date.issued 1992
dc.identifier LD2489.Z72 1992 .M3 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://cardinalscholar.bsu.edu/handle/handle/184490
dc.description.abstract Comparative research on the treatment of animal materials in Chinese elementary language textbooks and American elementary reading textbooks provides an interesting perspective on both Chinese and American cultures. The study uses both quantitative and qualitative methods. From the study, we notice that animals in Chinese textbooks are presented as animals, i.e., creatures closer to nature without human fantasy and illusion attached to them. Animals are used to communicate to children for moral education, wisdom development and so on. By comparison, animals in American textbooks are presented as much closer to humans. Animals dress and act like humans and are found in human setting. Animals can be more human than humans. Idealistic images and dreams are frequently linked to animals rather than humans. Textbooks are cultural mirrors. The different orientations of animal materials indicateenculturation of children. The cultural reasons beneath these surface differences are examined. Predictions are different cultural values and different goals for the provided on the animal enculturation in future China.
dc.description.sponsorship Department of Anthropology
dc.format.extent vii, 103 leaves ; 28 cm. en_US
dc.source Virtual Press en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Animals in textbooks. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Textbooks -- United States. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Textbooks -- China. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Animals and civilization -- United States. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Animals and civilization -- China. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Reading (Elementary) -- United States. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Reading (Elementary) -- China. en_US
dc.title Textbooks, a vivid mirror of culture : a comparative study of animal materials in American elementary reading textbooks and Chinese elementary language textbooks en_US
dc.description.degree Thesis (M.A.)
dc.identifier.cardcat-url http://liblink.bsu.edu/catkey/845935 en_US


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