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ERIC Number: EJ1059589
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 16
Heightening New Teacher Sensitivity toward Families Using Children's Literature as a Tool
Grant, Kathy B.; Goddard, Joyce
Language and Literacy Spectrum, v19 p75-80 2009
Many elementary teachers include a thematic unit on families as a part of their yearly curriculum. During student teaching new practitioners may be tempted to choose only family-themed books within their experiential background and comfort level (Gay, 2002). However, culturally responsive teachers entering our highly diverse classrooms need to develop sensitivity toward families of diversity. Children's literature can be an effective tool to heighten new teacher sensitivity toward families. This article provides a direction for supporting teacher candidates in becoming more culturally open-minded through reflective engagement. We provide a checklist for evaluating culturally diverse literature on families, and close with some examples of children's literature that help to heighten sensitivity toward families.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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