ERIC Number: ED237508
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
Diversity in the Classroom: A Multicultural Approach to the Education of Young Children. Early Childhood Education Series.
Kendall, Frances E.
Regardless of the racial or ethnic composition of their classrooms, teachers need to develop a multicultural classroom environment in which they: (1) teach children to respect others' cultures and values; (2) help all children learn to function successfully in a multicultural, multiracial society; (3) develop a positive self-concept in those children who are most affected by racism; (4) help all children experience, in positive ways, both their differences as culturally diverse people and their similarities as human beings; and (5) encourage children to view people of diverse cultures working together as unique parts of a whole community. This book provides theoretical background and practical suggestions for teachers in reaching those goals. Using a developmental framework, the book discusses children's growing racial awareness and their perceptions of other people. A complete resource unit on affirming cultural diversity is outlined and includes a wide range of ideas for activities. Setting up a multicultural classroom environment is discussed in terms of six primary aspects: language arts, social studies, building blocks, dramatic play, music and games, and cooking. In addition, there is an annotated bibliography of multicultural children's books and a checklist to help teachers determine which aspects of their curriculum need more emphasis on cultural diversity. (JMK)
Descriptors: Child Development, Classroom Environment, Cultural Differences, Cultural Interrelationships, Cultural Pluralism, Ethnic Groups, Learning Activities, Multicultural Education, Preschool Children, Preschool Curriculum, Preschool Education, Preschool Teachers, Racial Identification, Resource Materials, Teacher Role
Teachers College Press, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY 10027 ($8.95).
Publication Type: Books; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
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