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Cultural Diversity in Children's Literature: Home

This guide will provide resources about culturally responsive teaching and literature for Elementary Education students.

What You Will Find in this Guide

Using this Guide

This guide will provide you with information and resources about the concepts of culturally responsive teaching and cultural diversity within children's literature. Resources include print and ebooks, articles, book lists, and how to find sources in the Vann Library. You can navigate this guide by selecting specific tabs at the top of the page.  

Culturally Relevant Teaching

Important Definitions

Culturally relevant teaching is defined as "a pedagogy that empowers students intellectually, socially, emotionally, and politically by using cultural referents to impart knowledge, skills, and attitudes" (Ladson-Billings, 1994, pp.17-18).

Culturally responsive teaching is defined as "using the cultural knowledge, prior experiences, frames of reference, and performance styles of ethnically diverse students to make learning encounters more relevant to and effective for them" (Gay, 2018, p.36).



Gay, G. (2018). Culturally responsive teaching: Theory, research, and practice(3rd ed., Multicultural Education Series). New York, NY: Teachers College Press.  

Ladson-Billings, G. (1994). The dreamkeepers : Successful teachers of African American children(1st ed., The Jossey-Bass Education Series). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Lason-Billings Video

Check out this video from the originator of culturally relevant pedagogy!


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