Title of Abstract

Diversity and Inclusion in Children's Literature in Early Childhood Elementary Classrooms

Session Title

Education : Students and Learning

Faculty Mentor

Crystal Glover, Ph.D.; gloverc@winthrop.edu

College

College of Education

Department

Curriculum & Pedagogy

Faculty Mentor

Crystal Glover, Ph.D.

Abstract

Diversity and inclusion of all types of individuals is a growing topic of interest in the United States among educators. Given the reality of our pluralist society, there is a clear need to broaden people’s perspectives on topics related to diversity and inclusion. The question arises, however, how can one best effect this broadening of people’s perspectives? Part of the answer is in early childhood and elementary classrooms, the ages where children are most impressionable, and in forms through which children like to learn, such as reading picture and chapter books. This thesis hypothesizes that children’s literature can be used to increase knowledge and awareness of diverse people and perspectives, and it synthesizes data from educational sources, educator testimonies, and surveys to support this hypothesis.

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Honors Thesis Committee

Crystal Glover, Ph.D.; Michael Lipscomb, Ph.D.; Bettie Parsons Barger, Ph.D.; Melanie Sanders, M.S.

Honors Thesis Committee

Crystal Glover, Ph.D.; Michael Lipscomb, Ph.D.; Bettie Parsons Barger, Ph.D.; Melanie Sanders, M.S.

Course Assignment

HONR 450H - Glover & HONR 451H - Lipscomb

Performance Description

Paper presentation.

Start Date

16-4-2021 3:30 PM

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Diversity and Inclusion in Children's Literature in Early Childhood Elementary Classrooms

Diversity and inclusion of all types of individuals is a growing topic of interest in the United States among educators. Given the reality of our pluralist society, there is a clear need to broaden people’s perspectives on topics related to diversity and inclusion. The question arises, however, how can one best effect this broadening of people’s perspectives? Part of the answer is in early childhood and elementary classrooms, the ages where children are most impressionable, and in forms through which children like to learn, such as reading picture and chapter books. This thesis hypothesizes that children’s literature can be used to increase knowledge and awareness of diverse people and perspectives, and it synthesizes data from educational sources, educator testimonies, and surveys to support this hypothesis.