Master of Arts in Reading Education
Language, Literacy and Sociocultural Education
College of Education
Marjorie E. Madden, Ph.D.
Committee Member 1
Susan Browne, Ed.D.
Committee Member 2
Robert Eisberg, M.A.
Complex Themes, Elementary Reading, Literacy, Multicultural Literacy, Reading, Sensitive Topics
Language arts (Kindergarten); Oral reading
Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education | Language and Literacy Education
This case study was conducted to find what happens when a parent reads multicultural books to their young child at home. The qualitative data collected was used to determine the child’s reactions to the similarities and differences between them and the characters, as well as how multicultural books can be used to address sensitive topics and complex themes in the home. A caregiver, the researcher, collected data from read aloud sessions with her five-year old daughter. After reading seven multicultural books together, the research found that the child was able to make simple and concrete connections with the physical appearance and actions of the characters in the story. Complex themes were best discussed with books that had high quality pictures and when the emotional state and physical setting were ideal for the child and caregiver. Through reflective journaling, the caregiver notes feelings of inadequacy, hesitation, and fear when discussing sensitive topics with her daughter, but found that the support of the book created a shared space that challenging conversations could happen at home.
Twisdale, Kiyna, "CASE STUDY: READING MULTICULTURAL LITERATURE TO AN EMERGENT READER IN THE HOME" (2023). Theses and Dissertations. 3129.