ERIC Number: ED226867
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Nov
Reference Count: 0
No One Model American Family: A Necessary Understanding for Effective Multicultural Education Programs for Young Children.
McCormick, Theresa E.
The diverse forms and changing nature of the American family have important implications for early childhood educators concerned with a multicultural group. In the wake of economic, technological, and energy changes, a single ideal American family no longer exists against which to measure all other family forms. Although the form of the nuclear family will survive and still functions well for some people, other viable forms (such as the aggregate family, the extended family, the single-parent family, and so on) serve the same purposes and should not only be tolerated but valued and appreciated as well. Understanding of various family modes adds new dimension to the role of the young child's teacher, requiring him or her to provide better rapport between the home and school and to be more responsive to the needs of culturally and ethnically different children. Such a dimension can be added only through an integrative and interdisciplinary approach to multicultural education that seeks to educate the "whole child" as a unique human being and to provide the opportunity for each child to reach maximum potential and retain a unique family heritage. (MP)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (Washington, DC, November 11-14, 1982).