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ERIC Number: ED429418
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Pages: 13
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Children's Literature about Disabilities Enhancing Multicultural Education in Elementary Schools.
Carithers, Eve R.
This paper describes the use of unbiased stories featuring children with disabilities as a part of presenting a multicultural perspective in elementary schools. It emphasizes that the inclusion of a multicultural perspective will help teach social acceptance rather than separation, and laments that current children's books about disabilities tell little about true experiences of people with disabilities and have had the ultimate effect of dehumanizing the people. Teachers are urged to use their creativity to provide meaningful, literature-based experiences and to promote discussion from the content of the story into other areas of the curriculum. Criteria for selecting books featuring characters with disabilities are provided and include avoiding books when characters are portrayed as clumsy, foolish, evil, or malicious, and selecting books in which people with disabilities are portrayed as individuals with similarities and differences to typical peers. (Contains 14 references.) (CR)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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Language: English
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