“When I hear the Word Book I am Getting Nervous”: What Greek Primary School Pupils Believe about Books

By Argyris Kyridis, Mimis Souliotis, Paraskevi Golia, Stella Kassidou and Evagelos Drosos.

Published by The International Journal of the Book

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On a daily basis, pupils work with books they are forced to read and, less frequently, with books, which they choose themselves. Nonetheless, it seems to be a commonplace to accept that children read books as a result of the rather hard pressure exerted on them by their parents and school. In this respect, and as far as children are concerned, books seem to be an object through which school and family oppression is transformed into coercion. Thus, the object that accumulates the knowledge, emotions and beauty of the human life and intellect is converted into an instrument of oppression, which children find hard to love and harder to engage in a constructive conversation with. The present paper investigates children's relationship with books as objects, that is, the attitudes that children have developed towards the specific object-symbol and the consequences ensuing from using and working with books. The basic research tools used were a questionnaire, interviews and discourse analysis of written texts (pupils' essays). The research demonstrated that pupils know scarcely little or little about books as objects and about their use, and also that their attitudes are fairly positive, but not the appropriate ones. In conclusion, it is worth pointing out that most of the research hypotheses were verified.

Keywords: Book, Children, Reading

The International Journal of the Book, Volume 5, Issue 1, pp.49-56. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 618.894KB).

Prof Argyris Kyridis

Professor, Department of Nursery Education, University of Western Macedonia, Florina, Greece

Mimis Souliotis

Associate Professor, Department of Nursery Education, University of Western Macedonia, Florina, Greece

Dr. Paraskevi Golia

Dr, Pedagogic School, University of Western Macedonia, Florina, Greece

Teacher of Primary Education. Graduate of Pedagogic Academy Florina in 1986 and of Pedagogic Department of Education of Florina, Aristotle University, in 1998. She attended Postgraduated Studies in Pedagogic- Humanities and Historical Studies at the same University. MS in faculty of Education, Pedagogic Department of Florina, Aristotle University Thessaloniki: ''Ideological Direction of the Greek Students of Ex Soviet Union (1925-1937): A research in language school books''. She is Dr in Educational Politics at the University of Western Macedonia (Florina, Greece) and she is assistant in teaching Modern History. She has published several papers in Greek and European scientific journals about pedagogic. She had created also educational software in education.

Stella Kassidou

Phd, Pedagogic School, University of Western Macedonia, Florina, Greece

Evagelos Drosos

Phd, Department of Nursery Education, University of Western Macedonia, Florina, Greece


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