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Contemporary Approaches in Education and Communication

Edited By Hasan Arslan, Mehmet Ali Içbay, Alejandro J. Gallard and S. Lizette Ramos

This book presents a collection of papers written by researchers, teachers, administrators, analysts and graduate students working and doing research in the field of social sciences. The scientific studies include a wide range of topics from the analysis of social science textbooks to the teacher image in newspapers, the relationship between self-efficacy and cognitive level and the role of organizational silence on the loneliness of academics in work life.

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A Multi-Perspective Comparison of Childhood Heroes: Caillou and Pepee (Arzu Kizbaz)

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Arzu Kizbaz

Arel University, arzukizbaz@gmail.com

A Multi-Perspective Comparison of Childhood Heroes: Caillou and Pepee

Introduction

On earth, not even a single adult can say “I did not have a childhood hero.” Good or bad, there must definitely be heroes that have remained in our minds, and that we liked very much or imitated or criticised, as being a child means dreaming, emulating and following. There are two popular heroes, whom today’s children imitate, exemplify, and follow: Caillou and Pepee. Imitation is the most common learning style in children, they enjoy imitating their heroes that they perceive as “real” and learning something from them. In order to imitate, perception and understanding is necessary in the first place.

Perception means that a person makes an active material choice from the near world and gives this material a meaning (Mutlu, 1998: 30).

The stage of giving a meaning can only be reached after perception and it is directly related to one’s cultural characteristics. Then, what is culture?

Nermi Uygur defines culture as follows: “Culture is how and what the human existence is. One’s mentality and way of organizing his/her self refer to the elements of culture. What kind of a life style, existence programme and action pattern a person adopts is all about culture. All types of mutual interaction, all kinds of making and creating habits, moral and material compositions and productions are referred as...

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