In the modern education field, culturally responsive teaching has been a focal point, putting expectations on educators to integrate diversity into their classrooms and curriculum. This thesis explores these shifts in education toward diversity and inclusion, specifically regarding the topic of gender and sexuality diversity. Educator attitudes, perceptions, and responsibilities toward gender and sexuality diversity in the classroom are examined, as well as the effectiveness of using children’s literature as a means to incite classroom discussions surrounding diversity. However, discussing gender diversity in the elementary classroom is considered taboo, despite its relevance and importance. The information within this thesis informed the creative component: a children’s book surrounding transgender issues.
Semester/Year of Award
Dr. Delinda Dent
Mentor Professional Affiliation
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Restricted Access Thesis
Curriculum and Instruction
IRB Approval Number (if applicable)
Doolin, Madeline J., "Diversity in Children’s Literature: Gender Identity in the Elementary Classroom" (2020). Honors Theses. 760.