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ERIC Number: ED361430
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Pages: 125
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Multiethnic Children's Literature in the Elementary School Curriculum: Rationale, Criteria, and Implementation.
Jackson, Gloria D.
A study was done to provide research-based rationale and criteria to support the reading and study of multiethnic literature with the goal of persuading educators to prescribe these books. Information on multiethnic children's literature was obtained by reading, reviewing, and discussing over 200 of these books published mainly within the last 2 decades, and by researching the professional literature relating to the evaluation and use of African American, Hispanic, and Native American children's literature. This portion of the study developed criteria to evaluate children's literature so that unworthy books are not prescribed to perpetuate stereotypes or negative images. Related research was conducted in the fields of demographics and education, and the sociology of minority cultures. Experiential sources included workshops introducing this literature to educators and parents and committee discussions relating to the selection of such literature for classroom use. The study concludes that multiethnic children's books that fulfill the criteria for good literature and positively reflect the minority cultures of students should be prescribed for the elementary school curriculum. This literature should be carefully selected by a process that involves minority and mainstream educators and community members and uses consistent and relevant criteria. An appendix lists 102 recommended children's titles. Contains 76 references. (JB)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses; Information Analyses
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Language: English
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