How do you think that books that children read today differ from the ones that their parents read thirty years ago? And Our Research Answers (From the Public) By Willem and Sam Our Topic and Research question • We decided to look into how children's books now differ from those of when our parents were children, on the topic of literature. We decided to research this because it really interested us how books have (or have not) evolved to the likes of children now since then. What would you predict to happen from this question? Our Method • We used questionnaires to find out our data( you can see our questions on the next slide). • We tried to make our method as ethical as possible: by keeping the participants anonymous, not quoting any answers directly and consenting everyone involved. • We asked 24 year 7 children from 2 different classes including boys and girls. • We kept our questionnaires down to 7 questions (knowing that children have a short attention span). • Adding some variation to our questions, we used a range of question types: Likert scale (strongly agree, agree, disagree, strongly disagree, other),yes, no questions and open ended questions. Coding • In order to present the results from the open ended questions we had to decode the answer, which is a slow and gruelling process. We did this by summing up the answers and then grouping these summed up answers into yet more groups. We used these answers to show and analyse. Some of the Problems that we had The answers that we received from the questionnaires that we sent out to members of our class were interesting, however a lot of them were quite similar, and a few selections weren't even ticked/circled at all! Unfortunately, we didn’t have enough questionnaires to go around both mine AND Sam’s forms, but we managed to attain useful answers that will be shown throughout the presentation. 1) What is your favourite genre of book? (Children Year 7) ADVENTURE NonFiction!! Out of the people we questioned, most liked the genre Adventure(50%), and surprisingly, some people liked others, such as comedy or fiction. No one liked nonfiction, which wasn’t entirely surprising (but WAS worrying!) . I was surprised on how many people liked thriller, and this graph can also show the personality of the person, by finding out what books they like to read. 2)Why do you like this genre of book? There is a spread of answers but ,as you can see, children now like their favoured genre because it is entertaining, exciting, interesting or it grips them. 3)Children’s books have more updated genres than thirty years. • As you can see, children think that books are more updated to the likes of children now in comparison to 30 years ago, obviously more books nowadays are on the topic of adventure than before. 4)Would you say that Children’s books differ from the ones there were 30 years ago? (Children Year 7) INTERESTING… You can see here that the people we asked mostly said yes, but they weren’t ENTIRELY sure, which is probably due to the fact that they weren’t around 30 years ago. The least amount of people said no and definitely not, which is quite encouraging to our main question. 5)If so, how?(Question 4) Opinions are very spread but most people think that they are different in some way (likes, genres, covers) or they have less of something (class, realistic, shorter) or more of something (interesting, modern plot, action, language). It is clear that books are very different now, mostly in the content and not the cover. 6)Do you think that children today have different appeals/attitudes towards books than they did in the past? In what way do you think we have different attitudes towards books now? As you can see children think have different appeals and attitudes towards books. This question backs up our theory that books have evolved and adapted in their genre and their cover type (as shown by Sophie’s research). 7)Do you read a book from when your parents were children (please say which book)? • Part 1:More people don’t read a book from that time but the results for the yes suggest that there was a lot of classic books in the past which children of the more intelligent end would want to read • Part 2:The answers for yes were: Alice in Wonderland, Swallows and Amazons, Famous five, the lord of the russy rivers, Garfield, when Hitler stole pink rabbit, cat in the hat and Lord of the rings/The hobbit(from me). All of these are successful, classical children's books, this backs up part 1. 7, part 2)Continued • In order for children to have read the books from part 2 they must have been popular in our parents childhood(classics), this means that the common genre or style within these books gives us a reflection on the favoured, popular genres or styles at the time. We looked at the genre and style of all of the classical books that the children had read from their parents time. These book’s genres are spread between fantasy, adventure, comedy and war. There is a difference between the liked genres now(mostly adventure) in comparison to then(mixed between fantasy, adventure, comedy and war) this is a strong point for our conclusion. Our conclusion • After analysing our results from the questionnaire we found that the answer to our research question is… that books differ in their genre-adapting to have more adventure now, their style of writing and their covers. It is clear that whenever children change there likes in a book, the type of book made for that generation is changed with it. Although there is a change from then to now it is not major. • Children think they have different attitudes towards books and we think that children are pushed more to read them now, whereas before, because they didn’t have as much media and distraction, they read more for leisure. Evaluations • What do you think we could have done better? Thanks and acknowledgements • A special thanks to Dr Cindy, Mrs Doyle and Miss Smith for helping and guiding us in our work and thanks Willem for making me do most of the work. Thank you so much!