Early Childhood Education | Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Ethnicity in Communication | Language and Literacy Education | Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies | Publishing | Speech and Rhetorical Studies
In this study, a narrative analysis of a children’s picture book was conducted to uncover how young audiences are taught about diversity and inclusion through books. The setting, characters, narrator, and target audiences of the 2014 book I am Jazz were evaluated to decipher how readers are educated about transgenderism and diversity in greater context. Specific rhetorical qualities in the visual and written elements emphasize the importance of diversity, uniqueness, individuality, and acceptance. This particular book has created a range of support and protest since its publication, and it is an important example of the emotional and political power of a story. An awareness of the messages and images sent to young learners is a critical part of fostering inclusivity and creating global citizens.
Jones, Mary Beth, "Exploring Diversity, Citizenship, and Gender through Jazz: A Narrative Criticism of I am Jazz" (2017). Northwest Communication Association Conference Papers & Presentations. Paper. Submission 2.
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