Graduate Research Paper (UNI Access Only)
Volunteer fire fighters; Children's literature;
The purpose of this project was to complete a simple content analysis of twenty-five books about firefighters and to create an informational children's book about volunteer firefighters for students in preschool through second grade. The book created for this research project shares information about the lives, training, and commitment of volunteer firefighters. Volunteer firefighters comprise the majority of firefighters in the United States. They provide fire protection and, often times, emergency medical services to communities of all sizes saving taxpayers an estimated $37 billion annually. Volunteer firefighters have been serving communities for hundreds of years, but their numbers have steadily declined since the 1980’s. The researcher used a simple checklist to conduct a brief content analysis of 25 firefighter books found in local libraries and with copyright dates since 1996. Children's literature has the ability to impact the values and attitudes of children, yet the researcher found no children's literature exclusively portraying volunteer firefighters that may be used to inspire children to join departments when they become adults.
Date of Award
Master of Arts
Division of School Library Studies
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
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© 2009 Jamie Noack
Noack, Jamie, "The portrayal of volunteer firefighters in children's literature" (2009). Graduate Research Papers. 51.