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Diverse Picturebooks for Diverse Children: The Others in Singapore Teachers’ Discourse and Pedagogy

Garces-Bacsal, RM; Tupas, R; (2021) Diverse Picturebooks for Diverse Children: The Others in Singapore Teachers’ Discourse and Pedagogy. Literacy Research and Instruction , 60 (4) pp. 372-390. 10.1080/19388071.2021.1878313. Green open access

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Abstract

This study investigates how teachers construct the Others in their use of diverse picturebooks for diverse children. Data from open-ended learning prompts and focus group discussions with in-service teachers in Singapore reveal their conflicted discourse and practice in relation to using diverse picturebooks in the classroom to promote inclusive education. On the one hand, the teachers navigate their way around an “awareness of Others” but, on the other hand, they also express discomfort toward an expanded definition of “multiculturalism” and “diversity” in a relatively tightly controlled educational context. This paper aims to bring to the surface the multifaceted nature of teachers' newly found openness to broader and more inclusive notions of Others, which is conflicted but also actively compartmentalizes different discourses in order to make inclusive classroom practice possible.

Type: Article
Title: Diverse Picturebooks for Diverse Children: The Others in Singapore Teachers’ Discourse and Pedagogy
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/19388071.2021.1878313
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/19388071.2021.1878313
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Professional development, culturally responsive pedagogy, graduate education/graduate programs
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Culture, Communication and Media
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10139055
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