Exploring Social Actions: A Study of Children's Social Actions and Children's Novels as Learning Tools


  • Rudi Umar Susanto Universitas Negeri Surabaya
  • Suyatno Universitas Negeri Surabaya
  • Darni Universitas Negeri Surabaya


Narrative, Social Action, Child Phenomenon, Children's Novel, Learning


The narrative of children's thoughts in children's novels plays an important role in shaping children's understanding of their social environment. Through social action narratives, children are actively involved in internalizing social norms and values, as well as current phenomena so that they can become a means of learning in the future. Based on this background, the focus of this research is the form of children's social action narratives in children's novels. This research uses an interpretative qualitative approach with a parallel reading approach. This method describes and interprets the narrative of children's social thinking in children's novels. Therefore, the data sources for this research are a novel entitled "Sekolah Alam, Seruuu!" by Safina Zahra Ayesha (12 years old), a community under Komunitas Kecil-Kecil Punya Karya (KKPK) published by PT Mizan Pustaka, Bandung, Indonesia and data on children's social phenomena in Indonesia. The results showed that the narrative of children's social action through the narrative of children's activities includes several aspects, namely (a) Behavior as the basis of children's social action narratives, (b) the environment as a supporter of children's social action narratives, (c) individuals as the main aspect of children's social action narratives. (e) the relationship with the learning aspect for children.

Keywords: Narrative, Social Action, Child Phenomenon, Children's Novel, Learning.


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Susanto, R. U., Suyatno, & Darni. (2024). Exploring Social Actions: A Study of Children’s Social Actions and Children’s Novels as Learning Tools. Borneo Educational Journal (Borju), 6(1), 23–46. Retrieved from https://jurnal.fkip-uwgm.ac.id/index.php/Borju/article/view/1560