Teaching Diverse Youth Literature to Pre-Service Professionals
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Teaching Diverse Youth Literature to Pre-Service Professionals

Danielle E. Hartsfield (University of North Georgia, USA)
Pages: 300|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-7375-4
ISBN13: 9781799873754|ISBN10: 1799873757|EISBN13: 9781799873778|ISBN13 Softcover: 9781799873761


The importance of sharing diverse literature with today’s children and young adults is increasingly recognized. Teachers and librarians play significant roles in placing diverse books in the hands of young readers. However, to achieve the goal of increasing young people’s access to diverse books, educators and librarians must receive quality training on this topic within their preparation programs.

The purpose of this proposed book is to curate promising practices that teacher and library educators (i.e., university educators) are currently using to prepare aspiring teachers and librarians (i.e., pre-service professionals) for sharing and teaching diverse youth literature. In what ways are university educators teaching pre-service professionals how to identify and evaluate quality diverse books? What kinds of classroom activities and assessments are university educators using to teach pre-service professionals about the value of diverse literature? In what ways are university educators immersing pre-service professionals in outstanding diverse books? This book is targeted toward university-level educators who teach courses in children’s and young adult literature, specifically university educators who prepare pre-service librarians and teachers.

Given the importance of sharing diverse books with today’s young people, university educators must be aware of engaging and effective methods for teaching diverse literature to pre-service teachers and librarians. This book will offer a collection of teaching ideas that university educators can implement in their courses for pre-service professionals. It is meant to offer support and inspiration to university educators who wish to advance their knowledge and skills in regard to teaching about diverse literature. At the present time, there is a limited number of professional, high quality resources that university educators can consult for the purpose of improving the ways they teach about diverse literature in higher education classrooms. Thus, this book would fill a gap in available resources.

This book is targeted toward university-level teacher and library educators who prepare pre-service educators and school and public librarians. This book will be of particular interest to university educators who teach courses in children’s literature, young adult literature, and literacy methods. This audience may include tenured and tenure-track faculty, researchers, adjunct instructors, and graduate students. This book will be a professional development resource for university-level educators, though it could potentially be used as a resource in some doctoral level programs aimed at preparing teacher and library educators.

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