ERIC Number: ED415008
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
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Increasing the Use of Multicultural Education in a Preschool Located in a Homogeneous Midwest Community.
Hartke, Cheryl L.
The inclusion of multicultural education in the curriculum of child care centers is becoming a necessity, particularly in homogeneous communities, as the ethnic make-up of society continues to change. This practicum project implemented and evaluated a strategy intended to increase the use of multicultural education in a middle-to-upper-class suburban child care center with 92 percent Caucasian enrollment. The strategy involved a four-part process: development of resource lists, exploration of teachers' attitudes, improvement of multicultural materials available for use, and increase in teachers' knowledge about diversity, with information provided during weekly meetings. Post-intervention data indicated that, overall, the use of multicultural education in the center increased. Teachers included multicultural activities in all areas of the curriculum on a regular basis, and more materials were available for classroom use as a result of parent donations and the development of a resource room. (Seventeen appendices include an anti-bias checklist, book checklist, a list of broad goals of teaching from a multicultural perspective, and an array of multicultural materials. Contains 24 references and an 86-item bibliography.) (Author/EV)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Classroom Environment, Course Content, Cultural Activities, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Pluralism, Curriculum Development, Curriculum Enrichment, Day Care, Day Care Centers, Homogeneous Grouping, Instructional Development, Multicultural Education, Preschool Education, Program Effectiveness
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
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