A Qualitative Study of Books on Children’s Rights

Baş Ö., Temizyürek F.

HAYEF: Journal of Education, vol.18, no.2, pp.179-192, 2021 (Peer-Reviewed Journal)

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 18 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.5152/hayef.2021.20034
  • Journal Name: HAYEF: Journal of Education
  • Journal Indexes: TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.179-192
  • Gazi University Affiliated: Yes


This study aims to analyze children’s books on children’s rights with a qualitative approach. In accodance with this general purpose, the data sources obtained through criterion sampling were subjected to content analysis. Content analysis is a method of document analysis. The results of this study demonstrated that the books analyzed were composed of texts which were concerned with children’s rights such as rights of participation, living rights, rights of protection, and developmental rights. The themes that emerged in relation to the way the texts dealt with children’s rights indicated that children’s rights were described through stories of animal characters and by means of parental attitudes; they were presented via real-world problems, via extraordinary creatures, and in informative texts in which the absence of rights was described. Moreover, the use of animal characters in children’s rights books made us think about animal rights issues. This situation causes the animal rights and children’s rights to be confused.