Date of Award
Master of Arts in Community Development and Planning (CDP)
International Development, Community and Environment
Multicultural Children's Literature Gap, African Diaspora, lack of representation, education, postcolonial, decolonization, Worcester, United States, publishing statistics, picture books
Using documentary and discourse analysis of children’s literature I explore the extent to which there is a multicultural gap in children’s literature to reveal the prevailing challenges of the colonized and Eurocentric values embedded in the contemporary education system that supports the monocultural socialization of young children in their early formative years. I translate my research through examining four thematic ways on how the multicultural gap is manifested which are subject matter, the lack of African writers, degree of complexity of diasporic experiences, and confronting whiteness. By focusing more specifically on the gap in African diasporic children literature, I review children’s books to determine 1) whether the demographic of African immigrant, refugee, asylum seeker learner populations are being well represented in children’s literature, and 2) what kind of multicultural frames this literature represents. Ultimately, I acknowledge new movements to diversify children’s literature, and make my own suggestions for improvement.
Moyo, Lulama, "Searching for Ourselves: African Cultural Representation in Children’s Books in the United States, and Implications for Educational Achievement" (2017). International Development, Community and Environment (IDCE). 114.
Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education Commons, Curriculum and Social Inquiry Commons, Early Childhood Education Commons, Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research Commons, Elementary Education Commons, Environmental Studies Commons, Indigenous Education Commons, International and Area Studies Commons, International and Comparative Education Commons, Urban Studies and Planning Commons