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The Learning Conference 2003

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My Big Fat Greek Fairy Tale: Children’s Uses and Reception of Fairy Tale Narratives in a Greek Second Language Learning Environment

Judith P. Robertson, Nectaria Karagiozis.

This study presents the findings of a qualitative study on the uses and effects of fairy tale engagements in Canadian preadolescent children of Greek second-generation heritage. Through the conceptual lenses of Cultural Studies and Feminist Theories, child readers of a specific cultural formation are shown to negotiate the dilemmas and worries of gender, ethnicity and age identity through reading experience. Research findings show both compliance to and refusal of dominant stereotypes, as art achieves force in the landscape of mental experience through identification, reflection, and dialogue. The study supports the general notion of classical tales as worthy objects of inclusion in elementary language arts curricula, especially given the opportunities they present for assisting readers in working through age and gender related dilemmas. Our discussion shows how children's engagements with popular classical tales can provide raw material for fresh cultural production and making insight through schooling.


Judith P. Robertson
Associate Professor

University of Ottawa

Nectaria Karagiozis  (Canada)
Ph.D. Candidate, Research and Teaching Assistant
University of Ottawa

2) Nectaria Karagiozis is a Ph.D Candidate, Department of Education, University of Ottawa, Canada. She is working as a Research and Teaching Assistant at the University of Ottawa. She has completed her MA.Ed at the University of Ottawa and her Bachelor degree in Education, University of Thessalia, Greece. She has been interested in issues of children’s identity formation and uses of narrative

  • Cultural Studies
  • Feminist Theories
  • Preadolescents
  • Identity
  • Gender
  • Reflection
  • Interaction
  • Fairy Tales Narratives
  • Language

(30 min Conference Paper, English)