According to research conducted in the framework of the research project "Tesserae of Knowledge", there can be 3 ways to use material created by people with disabilities in teaching.

Approach 1

Development of a new unit with explicit reference to disability/diversity
  • Students used the National Curriculum to set the goals for their uni
  • Students chose any texts and materials they considered useful for raising disability awareness and/or challenging discriminatory practices
  • Students developed activities that encouraged critical thinking and discussion about disability issues
Approach 2
 
Modification of an existing unit with explicit reference to disability/diversity issues
  • Students used all or some of the goals included in the textbook unit
  • Students rejected one or more texts included in the textbook for their oppressive content
  • Students used texts and materials voicing the experiences of people with disabilities
  • Students developed subject-based activities using texts voicing the experiences of people with disabilities (e.g. grammar activities)
Approach 3
 
Modification of an existing unit with implicit reference to disability/diversity issues
  • Students used all or some of the goals included in the textbook unit or in ‘traditional’ kindergarten units
  • Students rejected textbook texts and replaced them with texts written by people with disabilities
  • Students added a text referring to disability issues alongside a textbook text
  • Students developed subject-based activities using texts voicing the experiences of people with disabilities (e.g. grammar, math and music activities
*Note: The teaching approach presented here is an example of using the "Tesserae of Knowledge" material. The material can be used in many different ways depending on the lesson and the goals of each teacher.

*Please note that the material is in Greek language.

A detailed list of children's picture books about diversity
Elena Monoyiou
Graduate of the Department of Education, University of Cyprus
BA Primary Education (2011)
MA Special and Inclusive Education (2013)
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