ERIC Number: ED423983
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
This Is Me: In Search of Your Own Story. Working Papers in Early Childhood Development No. 24.
Consisting of both a theoretical and practical component, this paper describes the development of the educational kit, "This is Me," a Dutch program to prevent the development of prejudice in young children. Part 1 of the report describes the development of prejudice in children, the situation in Netherland schools, cultural diversity, the relationship between home and school, and program goals. Part 2 describes the contents of the kit as including 8 picture books (4 lap books and 4 look-and-listen books with cassette tapes), a video tape, stories for puppet shows, and an instruction book. The stories are about 20 children from the Netherlands, varying in ethnic, family, gender, and socioeconomic characteristics. Photographs of the children accompany the stories and can be displayed in classrooms. The videotape contains three 10-minute episodes about the daily rituals of waking up, after school, and bedtime. This section of the report describes the program component, makes recommendations for its use, and suggests modifications to meet the needs of particular groups. Following the description of the program components, the report discusses the dilemmas and choices in developing the kit, including the individualistic nature of Dutch culture and the use of materials in mono-ethnic schools. The report also describes the materials development, including locating professional authors and photographers with the same ethnic backgrounds as the characters and the results of testing the stories in various types of schools. (Author/KB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Bernard Van Leer Foundation, The Hague (Netherlands).