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Name of Conference
Conference on English Education/International Federation of Teachers of English Summer Conference.
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Location of Conference
New York City, New York
Panelists shared strategies for using young adult (YA) literature to address stereotyping and reduce stigma associated with two frequently marginalized populations: those with mental illness, and those in the LGBTQ community. A recent study (Pytash, Morgan, and Batchelor, 2013) found that reading young adult literature helped preservice teachers “recognize how instances of gossip, rumors, or attention to physical attributes can make a person feel insecure or threatened.” Presenters argue that YA literature is a perfect tool for helping preservice teachers address real-life issues and teach empathy.
Richmond, Kia Jane; McDermott, Maureen; and Rehbein, Tiffany, "Preparing 21st Century English Teachers: Using Young Adult Literature to Challenge Stereotyping and Reduce Stigma of Marginalized Populations" (2015). Conference Presentations. Paper 127.