Powerful picture books: understanding disability in nursery schools
This unpublished thesis by Karen Argent argues that picture books for young children can contribute to alternative constructions of disability that can themselves begin to change society. All children’s literature has a part to play in transmitting ideology and culture and consequently in helping to shape social attitudes. The research undertaken in 2008 uses a case study approach to explore how early years practitioners in one Local Authority in England select picture books, especially those that depict disability, to use with children. It also looks at how initial training contributes to developing knowledge, understanding and interest in the subject of disability awareness from a human rights perspective.
The full text of this research can be read on this link: Powerful_picture_books_and_understan.pdf