Diversity among Police Officers as Represented in Non-fiction Children’s Literature

By Cindy Hendricks, Brittany Jett and James Hendricks.

Published by The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Cultural Studies

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Published online: September 5, 2014 $US5.00

Gender/racial equity, gender/racial bias, and gender/racial stereotyping in children’s books have been the subjects of many research investigations over time. Hughes and Seta (2003) suggest that stereotypes negatively impact how children perceive their education, occupational, and social role options in life. Policing, a predominately white male occupation, was the targeted occupation to explore the diversity of officers as portrayed in children's books. This investigation examined the diversity of police officers as represented in 16 non-fiction children’s books about policing. A content analysis was conducted on current picture books about policing and police officers. This investigation followed Charles’ (1998) eight steps for content analysis and modified methodologies suggested by Martinez and Harmon (2012). Each book was analyzed quantitatively to examine the number of pictures of officers by gender and by race. The results from the analysis will be compared to current percentages of officers by gender and by race in the United States. Conclusions and implications will be drawn from the results obtained.

Keywords: Interdisciplinary, Identities, Criminal Justice

The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Cultural Studies, Volume 8, Issue 2, October 2014, pp.11-20. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: September 5, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 641.801KB)).

Dr. Cindy Hendricks

Director, Martha Gesling Weber Reading Center, School of Teaching and Learning, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio, USA

Brittany Jett

Graduate Student, School of Teaching and Learning, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio, USA

Dr. James Hendricks

Department Chairperson, Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology, Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana, USA