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Diverse Families and Media Report from Joan Ganz Cooney Center

Diverse Families and Media Report from Joan Ganz Cooney Center

Diverse Families and Media: Using Research to Inspire Designby Amber Levinson, Sinem Siyahhan, Briana Pressey, and Katie Headrick Taylor, is a casebook and design guide to inspire educators, practitioners, and designers who create media and programs for children and their families.

Diverse Families and Media was created as a response to a call from practitioners, designers, and producers of children’s media and programs who seek to apply research to their work, but often have difficulty accessing it in specialized journals or because the nature in which the research was conducted or presented may be directed mostly toward academia.

For the past two years, Families and Media project researchers have been studying low-income and language-minority communities in California, New York, Arizona, Colorado, and Illinois. This research-based guide is created for educators and media designers who create programs for children and families. Diverse Families and Media offers stories of family media use that were documented in our studies, and raise design-relevant questions as well as suggest design principles that can be applied more broadly.  The goal of the guide is to help producers and designers gain insight from our research with families, particularly those from underserved groups, and help refine existing programs or give rise to new concepts

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