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Teaching for Social Justice in the Primary Classroom Through Literature and Language

Herring, Christine (2017) Teaching for Social Justice in the Primary Classroom Through Literature and Language. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Children learn about the world around them by listening, making observations and interacting with others. Picture books can provide both teachers and students a tool with which readers can examine and evaluate the ways in which they see the world and relate to others. The utilization of children’s picture books with themes of social justice in the primary classroom can be an excellent tool to help teachers create space for their students to grapple with social justice issues in an age-appropriate manner. The goal of this study was to analyze award-winning children’s picture books that have been identified as having themes of social justice in order to ascertain the messages present in each book and consider whether these messages can inspire social activism within the classroom and school community.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Herring, Christineherringc@pitt.eduherringc0000-0003-1776-4317
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairCrawford,
Date: 18 August 2017
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 25 April 2017
Approval Date: 18 August 2017
Submission Date: 4 August 2017
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 82
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Education > Instruction and Learning
Degree: EdD - Doctor of Education
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Social Justice, Critical literacy, Culturally Relevant Teaching, Multicultural Literature
Date Deposited: 18 Aug 2017 18:19
Last Modified: 18 Aug 2017 18:19


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