ERIC Number: ED351146
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Implementing an Anti-Bias Curriculum in Early Childhood Classrooms. ERIC Digest.
Hohensee, Julie Bisson; Derman-Sparks, Louise
An antibias curriculum seeks to nurture children's potential by addressing issues of diversity and equity in the classroom. Goals of antibias curricula are to foster children's self-identity, interaction with people from diverse backgrounds, critical thinking about bias, and ability to stand up for themselves in the face of bias. The first phase in the implementation of an antibias curriculum involves creating an appropriate climate in the classroom. In this phase, teachers raise their awareness of antibias issues that relate to themselves, learn what ideas their students have about diversity, evaluate the classroom environment for the messages it contains about diversity, and identify parents who would be willing to participate in changing the classroom environment. The second and third phases involve teachers' nonsystematic and then systematic incorporation into classroom instruction of activities that teach antibias attitudes. During these phases, parent participation should be increased. The fourth phase consists of an ongoing integration of an antibias perspective as a filter through which the teacher plans, implements, and evaluates all learning materials, class activities, and teacher interactions with children, parents, and staff. (BC)
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.