Including representative children’s books in primary schools: a participatory action research study

Capron, Helen (2022) Including representative children’s books in primary schools: a participatory action research study. Doctoral thesis, University of East Anglia.

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This thesis portfolio is comprised of three chapters, a literature review, an empirical study and a reflective chapter. The themed narrative literature review will focus on research into representation in children’s books both in the UK and worldwide. It will consider the psychological concept of belonging along with the effect that ethnicity and culture has on this concept, particularly in schools. The review will consider diversity in the school curriculum, the process of learning to read and the role that teachers have in providing a diverse curriculum.

The empirical study chapter is a mixed methods participatory action research study in which a Trainee Educational Psychologist worked with eight members of staff in a primary school to increase their use of representative children’s books within their classes. Analysis of mean scores from staff surveys and reflexive thematic analysis of interviews with teachers and focus groups with children in the school is detailed. The section concludes with implications for schools and educational psychology practice.

Finally, the reflective chapter is a personal reflection on the research process, from identifying a research area, through shaping the research, to the experience of undertaking participatory research and carrying out the analysis. Limitations to the study and a dissemination plan is also included.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Education and Lifelong Learning
Depositing User: Chris White
Date Deposited: 18 Oct 2022 12:30
Last Modified: 18 Oct 2022 12:30


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