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You, Me and Diversity

Picturebooks for Teaching Development and Intercultural Education

Paperback
April 2014
9781858565224
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  • Publisher
    Trentham Books
  • Published
    16th April 2014
  • ISBN 9781858565224
  • Language English
  • Pages 201 pp.
  • Size 6" x 9.5"
$41.95

This book shows how appropriate picture books can bring the world into the primary classroom and promote development education and children’s intercultural understanding. It responds to the research by the United Kingdom Literacy Agency in 2007 which revealed that many teachers are unaware of such books, feel unable to select contemporary literature for children and tend to rely on the books they enjoyed as children.

You, Me and Diversity is based on research funded by the Development Education Unit of Irish Aid designed to offer teachers approaches for teaching development and intercultural education in primary schools through the use of picture books. It critiques a selection of the books identified and advises on how to use them in the classroom. It provides a directory of picture books published since 2000 which feature development and intercultural themes such as culture, climate change, migration and gender. The framework used for categorizing the picture books gives teachers a planning tool to ensure they offer children a full range of development and intercultural perspectives while also adhering to literacy guidelines.

Every primary school teacher needs to read this book so they can widen their pupils’ horizons while developing their literacy.

"This engaging and well-researched book explores how picturebooks can make complex social and environmental issues accessible to children. With a focus on critical thinking, intercultural learning and action-based projects, it offers an inspiring approach that promises to make a significant contribution to current practice."

Dr Stephen Scoffham, Faculty of Education - , Canterbury Christ Church University

"This book argues powerfully for the role of picturebooks in teaching critical literacy, and also for incorporating global and justice perspectives in the classroom. It makes fascinating reading and is a rich resource for teachers of all ages of children."

Margaret M. Clark, Emeritus Professor - , University of Birmingham

"This engaging and well-researched book explores how picturebooks can make complex social and environmental issues accessible to children. With a focus on critical thinking, intercultural learning and action-based projects, it offers an inspiring approach that promises to make a significant contribution to current practice."

Dr Stephen Scoffham, Faculty of Education - , Canterbury Christ Church University

Introduction
1. Picturebooks
2. Culture, intercultural education and development education
3. A culturally diverse classroom
4. Critical literacy and critically reading the world
5. Learning about respect and how to develop respect through picturebooks
6. Understanding
7. Raising awareness and taking action
8. Exploring the journey of refugees through picturebooks
Appendix one: Building a curriculum based on respect, understanding and action
Appendix two: Resources

Anne M. Dolan

Anne M. Dolan is Lecturer in Primary Geography, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick. Ireland.