ERIC Number: EJ1107238
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
Motor Impairment in Children's Literature: Asking the Children
Butler, Rebecca R.
Children's Literature in Education, v47 n3 p242-256 Sep 2016
How do schoolchildren respond when they encounter a wheelchair user in a fictional text? This article describes a doctoral project where groups of children were presented with excerpts from books by Hilary McKay and Jacqueline Wilson in which wheelchair users play a significant role. The pupils were asked to discuss issues arising from these readings. The views pupils expressed were relevant, imaginative and positive. Only on two rare occasions did the pupils respond in ways that could be categorised as prejudicial towards disabled people. The article describes the methodology adopted for the study, directly quotes from and explores the views of the pupils. The teaching of children about disability and disabled people currently in the English curriculum for Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) is alleged to be inadequate; a weakness which could be addressed in the manner described, using literature for sensitive educational debate. This study is unusual in that the research subjects include a group of children who are motor impaired. The Doctor of Education who conducted the research for her thesis and authored this article is also herself a fulltime wheelchair user.
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Motor Development, Fiction, Doctoral Dissertations, Attitudes toward Disabilities, Childhood Attitudes, Assistive Technology, Physical Mobility, Student Research, Foreign Countries
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