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Dr. Ruth Quiroa, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Reading and Language program at National-Louis University Lisle Campus where she teaches graduate courses in literature for children and adolescent, inclusive of multicultural literature, as well as other language arts courses. She formerly taught kindergarten and bilingual second grade (Spanish/English), and served as coordinator for an after-school program at a middle school. Dr. Quiroa completed her doctoral degree in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, specializing in bilingual education and children's literature. In her dissertation study she examined the responses of first graders, all Mexican-origin immigrants or children of immigrants, to Mexican American-themed bilingual picture storybooks read aloud in Spanish.
Dr. Quiroa's research interests include investigating the responses of Latino students to children's literature with Latino themes, as well as the impact of teachers' cultural and linguistic awareness on literacy instruction for ELL students, and the teacher's role in mediating culturally specific texts with Latino children. Her work in the area of multicultural children's literature has focused on the trends and issues in Mexican American-themed literature and on the use of Spanish in English-based Latino literature.
Click here for a bibliography of recommended resources on the subject of Latino/a-themes in children's literature.
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