Award Date


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Early Childhood, Multilingual, and Special Education

First Committee Member

Monica Brown

Second Committee Member

Wendy Rodgers

Third Committee Member

Sharolyn Pollard-Durodola

Fourth Committee Member

Iesha Jackson

Number of Pages



Identity formation sets the foundation for who we will be when we become adults. It is a lifelong process, beginning the moment a child enters the world; and the world has a huge impact on how a child sees him/herself in it. This is especially true for Black children with and without disabilities, as they are typically regarded by society as deficient and broken. The purpose of this study was two-fold. First, the study explored the impact of shared-book-reading of diverse topics (i.e., history, culture, and diverse figures) on the racial identity formation of young Black children. Secondly, it examined the impact of shared-book-reading on the dis/ability identity formation of young Black children with dis/abilities. This study used a quasi-experimental (i.e., nonequivalent groups), pre-and-posttest design with young Black students (N = 16) to determine the impact of the shared book-reading intervention. The study occurred in three phases across 7 weeks, including: pretest, intervention, and posttest. The results of the study indicated that (a) young Black children with and without dis/abilities have positive attitudes towards Black boys and girls pre- and post-intervention (b) young Black children had minimal understanding of concepts related to dis/ability at pre-intervention, (c) there were no statistically significant differences between treatment and control groups from pre- to post-intervention, and (d) this culturally centered shared-book-reading intervention was not a predictor for racial or dis/ability identity formation.


Black children; BlackCrit; dis/ability identity; early childhood; Racial identity; shared-reading


Education | Pre-Elementary, Early Childhood, Kindergarten Teacher Education | Special Education and Teaching

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6800 KB

Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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