How are characters with disabilities portrayed in award winning picture books for preschool children over time?
This study involves a complex, multivariate, multilevel mixed methods research design that employs interconnected qualitative and quantitative research approaches to answer the primary and secondary research questions: 1) How are characters with disabilities portrayed in award winning picture books for preschool children over time? 2) How does one develop and validate an instrument that can be used to access the portrayal of characters with disabilities (CWDs) in picture books for children? Document analyses of award winning books from eight renown literary organizations provides the material assessed by the evaluation instrument that is developed and validated. Increasing levels of specificity and intensity are employed throughout instrument development and are realized in the focus group, expert review, and evaluator implementation. A modified Delphi process is the technique used to inform instrument development and interrater reliability coefficient calculations are used to validate the use of the instrument. Juxtaposed on this analysis of the portrayal and treatment of CWDs in award winning picture books for children is the occurrence of federal legislation, civil acts, and critical events that shaped the history of individuals with disabilities and their journey to equality and equity of basic human rights, privileges, and freedoms afforded to their nondisabled peers. Implications of this study support the need for quality inclusive literature for young children.
Price, Carol Ann Duzac, "How are characters with disabilities portrayed in award winning picture books for preschool children over time?" (2010). School of Education Student Capstone Theses and Dissertations. 618.