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  • Karlsson, Emelia (2022)
    The aim of this study was to research how diversity of representation and inclusivity was shown in finno-swedish children’s literature. The study researched the frequency of how diversity was presented in children’s literature aimed at the age group of 9–12-year-olds. The aspects of diversity which were highlighted in the analysis are: disabilities, ethnic, religious, and socio-economic diversity. The goal is to raise the awareness and competency among primary school teachers, so that they can choose literature to be read aloud in class which supports norm-critical thinking. The survey is about analyzing and finding descriptions that best fit the aforementioned aspects of diversity. Prior studies that have been done outside of Finland, such as Bruijn, Emmen and Mesman (2021) and Adam and Barratt-Pugh (2020), show that diversity is poorly represented in children’s literature. Even the media, look to for example Svenska Yle (2020), advertises the positive effects of diversity in children’s literature and what the lack of diversity can affect individuals and Finnish society. The study answers the question of how representative the finno¬¬-swedish children’s literature is. The study analyzed nine works of finno¬¬-swedish children’s literature, all published between 2017-2021. The data consisted of a complete sample when the all the publications met the study’s criteria and were included in the analysis. The study had a qualitative approach, and a content analysis was used when the results were produced. The study shows that the analyzed literature frequently included perspectives of diversity, but that varied representation is lacking. The children’s literature more often included only a modicum of cases of diversity that were presented in a multitude of ways rather than having varied representations of diversity shown throughout the publications. Study results show that the finno¬¬-swedish children’s literature had the largest amount of representation within the aspect of socio-economic diversity. The religious diversity was the by far most underrepresented in comparison to the other aspects of diversity. The results enrich the knowledge of the finno-swedish children’s literature and provides the facilities for continued research within this area.