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Gloria Reading

Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville
Associate Professor, Curriculum and Instruction

Gloria Reading is currently an Associate Professor in the SIUE School of Education where her primary teaching responsibility is children’s and young adult literature. Her current research focuses on investigating how using age-appropriate literature in K-8 grades impacts students’ understanding and attitudes towards cultural differences, specifically towards Muslim children around the world. Her research interests include examining whether children and young adult attitudes towards Muslims are influenced by the books they read. Dr. Reading is currently on sabbatical leave to research the availability of well-written elementary and middle school books featuring Muslim main characters. She also examines the challenges teachers face when parents and/or administrators are hesitant to include these books in the curriculum. One outcome of her current research is aimed at creating an annotated bibliography for K-8 teachers identifying age-appropriate books which have as their setting the Middle East. Dr. Reading is available to speak at Teacher Institutes, parent meetings, and or teacher/administrator meetings about the impact of using literature featuring Muslim characters in the classroom.

Areas of Expertise

Children’s Literature (EC-5), Young Adult Literature (5-8), Using Literature in the Classroom

Countries Covered

Middle East (general)

Potential Lecture Topics

  • "The Middle East in the P-12 Classroom: A Region Overlooked"