ERIC Number: ED305135
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
Anti-Bias Curriculum: Tools for Empowering Young Children.
Derman-Sparks, Louise; And Others
Young children are aware that color, language, gender, and physical ability are connected to privilege and power. Racism and sexism have a profound influence on children's developing sense of self and others. This book on the creation of anti-bias curriculum can be used to help young children develop anti-bias attitudes, learn to think critically, and speak up when they believe something is unfair. The term "anti-bias" is used to denote an active approach to challenging prejudice, stereotyping, bias, and the "isms." The 12 chapters of this book provide a rationale for an anti-bias curriculum, and discuss: (1) creating an anti-bias environment; (2) working with 2-year-old children; (3) learning about racial differences and similarities; (4) learning about disabilities; (5) learning about gender identity; (6) learning about cultural differences and similarities; (7) learning to resist stereotyping and discriminatory behavior; (8) using activism with young children; (9) using holiday activities in an anti-bias curriculum; (10) working with parents. A self-education guide to starting an anti-bias curriculum is provided. Also provided are several lists of resources; a worksheet on stereotypes; a list of 10 quick ways to analyze children's books for sexism for racism; and a sample persona doll story. (RH)
Descriptors: Activism, Bias, Childhood Attitudes, Curriculum Guides, Day Care, Early Childhood Education, Empowerment, Guidelines, Kindergarten, Learning Activities, Preschool Education, Program Implementation, Social Development, Stereotypes, Teaching Methods, Young Children
National Association for the Education of Young Children, 1834 Connecticut Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20009-5786 ($7.00).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: National Association for the Education of Young Children, Washington, DC.