An arts-based research project by Javier Cardona Otero, a second-year Ph.D. student in Arts Education, has been awarded a Sustainability Research Development Grant from the Indiana University Office of Sustainability.
Drawing on qualitative research, the project, "Global Stage, Local Classrooms: An Inquiry into Performing Sustainability Practices with Preservice Teachers Using Children’s Literature and the Arts," harnesses the power of children’s literature and the arts to expose preservice teachers to compelling sustainability messages from diverse Latinx and Ibero-American authors.
In the first phase of this research and art project, Cardona Otero will be curating thirty picture children’s books in Spanish to be supplemental and expand the collection of IU’s Education Library. Additionally, he will conduct a critical and intersectional content analysis of how notions of social, economic and environmental justice are represented in multilingual, bilingual and Spanish children’s books. The outcome of this research will be published in an academic journal and shared with the academic community at the Indiana University Sustainability Symposium in 2020.