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ERIC Number: ED297880
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986
Pages: 30
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Introducing Multicultural Curricula into Early Childhood Education.
Cohn, Sheryl L.
The executive director of a day care center designed a project to introduce multicultural materials into the center's early childhood curriculum. The primary goal of the project was to improve the quality of the curriculum of the nationally accredited preschool by making it more culturally sensitive. Activities conducted to attain this objective included the design of age-appropriate lesson plans for teachers to use in their classrooms, distribution of letters to parents requesting their involvement, and the administration of a multicultural questionnaire to parents, teachers, and the center's director to determine if the program's curriculum had become more culturally diverse. Lesson plans were designed for units concerning self-awareness, similarities and differences, Native Americans, and Korean and Greek cultures. Evaluation data indicated that the outcomes of the intervention were positive. Teachers reported feeling comfortable with the multicultural materials. Parent participation was a positive experience for parents and children. Questionnaire data indicated an increase in the multicultural dimensions of the curriculum. Two sample unit plans are included. (RH)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A