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This study aimed at identifying the values in the poetry written for children in the Jordanian daily news papers: Al-Rai News paper, Al-Doustor News paper, and Al-Sha'b Newspaper, which were issued in 1991, 1992 & 1993. It tried to answer the following questions : (I) What are the dominant values in the poetry written for children, which appeared in Jordanian daily news papers? (2) What are the resources from which the poets obtained the dominant values in the poetry written for children in the Jordanian daily newspapers? (3) How did the poets present the dominant values in the poetry written for children in the Jordanian daily news papers? In order to answer the previous questions, the researcher used the method of content analysis, and depended on the meaningful sentence as a unit for the analysis in this study. He also relied on White's classification of the values, with few modifications to comprise the following eight group of values : self, social , patriotic. leisure, religious, cognitive. physical and economical. To achieve the validity of this classification, it was judged by twelve referees, and the percentage 88% of the agreement was considered enough to accept the validity. To calculate the reliability, three referees analyzed a sample of poems, and the results obtained were very close to those obtained by the researcher. Moreover he re-analyzed the same sample after a month, and got almost the same results. The results have shown the distributed percentage as follows :self values 26,05%, patriotic values 16,76%. social values 16,19%, leisure values 12,75% , religious values 11,56% , cognitive values 8,80% , physical values 4,38% and economical values 3,46%. The respective order of resources of deriving the values was as follows : first, the individual . 30,98%, second, the society 26.08%. third, the legacy, 20.40%. fourth , the religion ,17,98%. The values which were presented implicitly took the majority of percentage 65,91% and those which were presented explicitly took 34,08%.
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