ERIC Number: ED214692
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Early Childhood Development Cultural Considerations--Commonalities, Variables, and Local Community Determinants for Program Modules.
Taylor, Anne P.; Warren, Dave
The paper discusses cultural commonality and variability considerations of the Native American populations served by the Federation of Rocky Mountain States Educational Technical Development (ETD) Project. Section I explores important factors to consider when setting up an Early Childhood Development program module for Indian people, such as demographic changes, urbanism in rural areas, cultural pluralism, preservation of culture through art forms and language, local control for viable change, and self determination. A model for community input is presented in Section II outlining how technical agencies can work with community agencies along with a list of existing Indian projects that exemplify process for change involving local community structures and resources. A suggestion for design of content specifications using cultural material and themes of known interest to children is emphasized in Section III. Section IV summarizes the project. Concluding the report Section V lists seven recommendations concerned with evaluating character and force of change by an interdisciplinary effort; developing a philosophy that provides the caregiver interaction with the community; recognizing community resources as teaching tools; emphasizing creative behavior in the areas of language, art, music, dance and drama; and preparing a learning environment (indoor and outdoor) of local materials, events, and objects. (ERB)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO.
Authoring Institution: N/A