ERIC Number: ED339548
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Teaching with a Multicultural Perspective. ERIC Digest.
Gomez, Rey A.
This paper discusses teaching with a multicultural perspective in early childhood education. It is emphasized that a major goal of multicultural education is to help children become accustomed to the idea that there are many lifestyles, languages, cultures, and points of view. Other topics include negative stereotypes and the influence that early childhood educators can have on children's positive attitudes. Five myths associated with multicultural education are presented and dispelled. These are: (1) Other cultures should be presented as distinct ways of living that reflect differences from the dominant culture; (2) Bilingualism is a liability rather that an asset; (3) Multicultural education is only relevant in classes with students who are members of the groups to be studied; (4) There should be a separate, unified set of goals and curriculum for multicultural education; and (5) Mere activities, which are not placed in an explicit cultural context, constitute viable multicultural education curriculum. It is emphasized that the promotion of positive self-concepts for children is essential, as is a focus on activities that highlight the similarities and differences of all children's lives. The challenge for educators is to present an effective multicultural education foundation by means of which all children can learn to accept others. Six references are appended. (GLR)
Descriptors: Bilingualism, Child Caregivers, Childhood Attitudes, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Background, Cultural Differences, Day Care, Developmentally Appropriate Practices, Early Childhood Education, Elementary School Curriculum, Ethnic Groups, Ethnic Stereotypes, Multicultural Education, Teachers
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Elementary and Early Childhood Education, Urbana, IL.