ERIC Number: EJ797336
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 11
Creating New Social Identities in Children through Critical Multicultural Media: The Case of "Little Bill"
Hurtado, Aida; Silva, Janelle M.
New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development, n120 p17-30 Sum 2008
Multicultural education emerged from the political struggles of the 1960s and 1970s and advocated the inclusion of women and ethnic and racial groups in school curricula and children's media. Recently multiculturalism has evolved to include a critical perspective by focusing on stigmatized social identities such as race, class, sexuality, ethnicity, and disability. "Little Bill," a children's animated television series, is an example of applied critical multiculturalism. In this chapter, we present a case study of one episode, "A Ramp for Monty," to illustrate the merits of this approach, which may increase the number of social identities children relate to and increase the degree of understanding they may bring to the differences inherent in social identities.
Descriptors: Multicultural Education, Cultural Pluralism, Popular Culture, Mass Media Effects, Mass Media Role, Sensitivity Training, Critical Viewing, Case Studies, Social Integration, Didacticism, Childrens Television, Child Development
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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