ERIC Number: ED374913
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
Exploring Diversity: Reflections Ten Years On. Australian Early Childhood Resource Booklets, No. 2.
Schurch, Pam; Hopson, Elizabeth
This booklet reflects the past 10 year's thoughts and experiences and presents the current debate concerning multicultural early childhood education, as experienced by the Lady Gowrie Child Centre, in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. The booklet describes how the center experienced the satisfying process of change and growth with such a program and realized that broader perspectives were needed to encompass the full range of diversity manifested by a truly multicultural classroom. Staff at the center found that the difficulty with the current thrust of multicultural education is that it does not sufficiently address the need for critical thinking nor develop skills for challenging bias within Australia. An early childhood program should be provided that incorporates the positive intent of multicultural education while avoiding the dangers of a tourist approach and to offer a more inclusive education that embraces gender, disability, and class issues by directly addressing the impact of stereotype, bias, and discriminatory behavior on young children. The booklet concludes with a multicultural resource center list. (AP)
Descriptors: Cultural Awareness, Cultural Pluralism, Early Childhood Education, Educational Needs, Ethnic Groups, Foreign Countries, Multicultural Education, Multilingualism, Program Effectiveness, Program Improvement, Socioeconomic Status, Teaching Methods, Young Children
Australian Early Childhood Association, Inc., P.O. Box 105, Watson, Australian Capital Territory 2602, Australia ($6.25 Australian).
Publication Type: Collected Works - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Australian Early Childhood Association, Inc., Watson.
Identifiers - Location: Australia