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1 Picturebooks and Development Education: the story of a research project Anne Dolan

2 You, Me and Diversity: the potential of picture books for teaching development and intercultural education (forthcoming) Trentham Books and DICE

3 A picturebook Typically, a picturebook is 32 pages long with a balance between text and illustrations (Lewis, 2001). A work of art! As an art form, it hinges on the interdependence of pictures and words, on the simultaneous display of two facing pages and on the drama of the turning page. 1 wordless book 2 picture story books 3 illustrated books

4 It's a Book

5 Of thee I Sing

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8 What does it mean to be global?

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10 th anniversary of I have a dream

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15 Timeline Picturebooks and geography Funding from DICE Society of Children’s Writers and Illustrators Summer Research May 2012 Contacted Publisher Funding, professional leave of absence Write up

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18 Funding from DICE Picturebooks and geography Funding from DICE Society of Children’s Writers and Illustrators Summer Research (Analysis of over 500 picturebooks) May 2012 Contacted Publisher Funding, professional leave of absence Write up

19 Current context Literacy and numeracy Less focus on critical literacy Opportunities and challenges provided by ICT Status of picture story books (only for young children). Teachers are unaware of the existence of these books When they are used they are used in a surface capacity with more focus on the text rather than the illustrations Restriction of picture books to literacy time

20 Relevance? A resource for our students!!!! A resource for teachers A resource for children and their parents

21 Curriculum Framework Respect Understanding Action Self-respect and self esteem Respect for others and for the environment Issues of social injustice Social Movements Raising Awareness Action

22 You, me and diversity Contents Introduction Chapter one: Picturebooks Chapter two: Culture, intercultural education and development education Chapter three: A culturally diverse classroom Chapter four: Critical literacy and critically reading the world Chapter five: Learning about respect and how to develop respect through picturebooks Chapter six: Understanding Chapter seven: Raising awareness and taking action Chapter eight: Exploring the journey of refugees through picturebooks Appendix one: Building a curriculum based on respect, understanding and action Appendix two: Resources

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24 INTO publications InTouch, Magazine of Irish National Teachers’ Organisation (INTO) Earthquake! Tsunami!) (May, 2011). Teaching about the North Pole and Polar Bears (November, 2011) Celebrating International Women’s Day (March, 2012) Reading the World! (September, 2011) The Colour of Home (December, 2011) Mama Panya’s Pancakes: A Story from Kenya (April, 2012) Celebrating Trees Through Picture Books (October, 2011) Africa is not a country (January/December, 2012)

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26 Dolan, A. M. (2013) Creative Geography Teaching Through the Use of Picture Story Books in Scoffham, S. (ed.) Teaching Geography Creatively, Oxford: Routledge pp

27 Dolan, A. M. (2013) ‘Critically reading the world through picture story books in O’Riordan, J. Horgan, D. and Martin, S. (Eds) Early Childhood in a Global Context. Oxford: Peter Lang

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29 Conference Presentations Dolan, A. M. (2013) Making development issues accessible for children through picture books. IASSEE Annual Conference Meeting the Challenges of a Globalised world. June 20 th and 21 st. Dolan, A. (2013) Picturebooks and development education, Geographical Association (Primary Geography) Presented at Charney Manor Geography Conference, Oxford. Dolan, A M. (2012) ‘The Potential of Picture Books for Teaching Migration as a Geographical Theme. 33rd IBBY International Congress : Crossing Boundaries: Translations and Migrations 23rd -26th August 2012, Imperial College, London. Dolan, A. M. (2011) ‘You, Me and Diversity’: The potential of picture books for teaching development and intercultural education. DICE Annual Conference: You, Me and Diversity, 25th and 26th November, Dolan, A. M. (2011)’ Picture Story Books and the Futures Dimension in Primary Geography. Primary Geography Conference (Geographical Association). Charney Manor, Oxfordshire. England. Geography in the revised primary curriculum: looking forward. February 25th -27.th Dolan, A. M. (2011) ‘Windows on the World : Use of picture books for teaching geography’. IASSEE Conference: Learning for the 21st Century, From Research to Practice. 4-5th of February, 2011, St.Patrick’s College, Drumcondra, Dublin 9. Dolan, A. M. (2010) ‘Teaching primary geography through the medium of picture story books’. Primary Geography Conference (Geographical Association). Charney Manor, Oxfordshire. England. Geography in the revised primary curriculum: looking forward. February 19th – 21st

30 Journal Articles Dolan, A.M. (forthcoming) Intercultural education, picturebooks and refugees: a multidimensional perspective. Children’s literature in English language education Dolan, A.M. (2012) Making a connection. Primary Geography. Sheffield: Geographical Association Vol. 79, (3) pp Dolan, A.M. (2012) Futures talk over story time. Primary Geography. Sheffield: Geographical Association Vol. 78, (2) pp Dolan, A.M. (2012) Picture Books, Geography and Climate Change. Journal of Children’s Literature Studies. Vol. 8 (2). Dolan, A.M. (2011) ‘Introducing Children to extremities such as Climate Change through Picture Story Books’, Primary Geography Journal. Sheffield: Geographical Association Vol. 76, (3) pp

31 Lessons learnt Time for research….it takes a lot of time Support……from within the college …..outside the college …..mentors Keep writing ….start small …..find avenues for publication Establish leverage…

32 Refugees

33 The Refugee Diaries


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