ERIC Number: ED377981
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Nov
Educating Young Children in a Diverse Society.
This paper examines the impact of ethnicity, gender, and social class on young children and discusses the ways in which children can be educated to appreciate and value diversity. It also summarizes the ideas of E. King's "Educating Young Children in a Diverse Society" (1994), highlighting the strategies advocated in the book that encourage teachers and educators to implement diversity into programs for young children. The paper notes that early childhood educators need to focus on content integration, knowledge construction, prejudice reduction, equitable pedagogy, and empowerment when considering curriculum development and program practices. Educators also need to address their own cultural, gender, and class attitudes, as well as the attitudes of their students, when formulating curriculum content and teaching methods. The paper concludes by noting that using information about culture and learning in sensitive and positive ways will help educators value and promote diversity in all aspects of education. (MDM)
Descriptors: Attitude Change, Bias, Childhood Attitudes, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Differences, Cultural Pluralism, Curriculum Development, Early Childhood Education, Educational Attitudes, Foreign Countries, Multicultural Education, Sex Differences, Socialization, Socioeconomic Influences, Teacher Attitudes, Teaching Methods, Young Children
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Educational Research Association (8th, Singapore, November 24-26, 1994).